Ex-cop charged in George Floyd death accosted while grocery shopping
One of the four former Minneapolis cops charged in the murder of George Floyd was accosted by a fellow shopper during a recent supermarket trip, viral video of the run-in shows.
J. Alexander Keung, freed Friday evening on $750,000 bail, was stocking up at a Cub Foods in the Minneapolis suburb of Plymouth when another shopper started recording on her phone and moved in.
“What’s your name?” asked the woman as she approached Keung, 26, in the tense video posted by a user who identified the shopper as their sister.
“Oh, yeah, that’s me,” replied the bearded Keung, appearing bewildered by the encounter, but calm.
“So you’re out of prison, and you’re comfortably shopping in Cub Foods, as if you didn’t do anything,” said the woman, as Keung stopped briefly to talk with her.
“I wouldn’t call it ‘comfortably.’ I’d just say getting necessities,” answered Keung, holding a package of Oreos in his hands.
The woman continued to give Keung a piece of her mind as he and another unidentified man walked off towards the self-checkout line.
“I don’t think you should have that right. I don’t even think you should be out on bail,” she said.
“I can understand that,” replied Keung. “I’m sorry you feel that way.”
Working just his third shift as a cop, Keung helped restrain Floyd, who was black, as cop Derek Chauvin, who is white, fatally knelt on his neck during a May 25 arrest for passing an alleged bogus $20 bill.
Keung, Chauvin and two other cops have since been fired and charged in Floyd’s death, which has sparked an international unrest and calls for police reform.
The persistent woman continued to give Keung an earful as he checked out.
“You don’t have the right to be here,” she said. “You killed somebody in cold blood.”
As she asked if Keung wanted to apologize or felt remorse, the ex-cop said that he just wanted to finish shopping and be on his way.
“We don’t want you to get your stuff,” she said. “We want you to be locked up.”
She went on to vow that Keung’s life on the outside would be made miserable wherever he tries to go, adding that he was “lucky” that his home address isn’t public knowledge.
“You’re not gonna be able to comfortably live in Minnesota, or anywhere,” she said. “And you will be going back to jail.”
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