A woman confronted one of the former police officers charged in the killing of George Floyd at a grocery store over the weekend. J. Alexander Kueng is one of the officers — including Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, and Thomas Lane — who was on the scene when George Floyd was killed.
Chauvin, the officer who knelt on George Floyd's neck, has been charged with second- and third-degree murder and third-degree manslaughter.
The other officers, who stood by as Floyd was killed, all face charges of aiding and abetting both second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter. All four have since been fired.
Kueng was released on Friday after making his $750,000 bail. Lane was released on June 10.
On Saturday, Kueng was spotted inside a Cub Foods in Plymouth, Minnesota. Twitter user @jk3rd_ shared a video, recorded by his sister, of the encounter that followed.
"What's your name," the woman behind the camera asks Kueng.
Kueng responds: "Oh, yeah, that's me."
The woman states: "It is you, so you're out of prison-" to which Kueng replies: "Yes."
The woman responds: "And you're comfortably shopping in Cub Foods... as if you didn't do anything."
"I wouldn't call it comfortably, just getting necessities, or helping," Kueng responds.
"I don't think you should have that right, I don't think you should be out on bail," the woman states.
The ex-officer states: "I can understand that."
"How does it feel?" the woman asks.
"I'm sorry you feel that way," Kueng replies.
"No you're not sorry," the woman responds. "Like you're literally outside here comfortably as if you didn't kill that man. Did you think that people weren't going to recognize you? Honestly did you? You don't have the right to be here."
Kueng nods as he responds: "I understand."
"You killed somebody in cold blood, you do not have the right to be here," the woman states.
"I understand, I'll get my stuff paid for and I'll-" Kueng responds.
"No, I don't want you to pay for your stuff," the woman states. "We want you to be locked up. You're honestly in Cub Foods comfortably shopping. Out of prison. Like, do you feel any remorse for what you did? Do you?"
"Ma'am, I'm just going to grab my stuff and leave," Kueng states.
"This is the officer who was let out of jail today for [suffocating] Goerge Floyd," the woman yells.
"You're not going to be able to comfortably go around Minnesota like this," the woman tells Kueng. "I pulled up the picture, I know it was you. It's just like, he was there when they were killing him. And it's just like crazy that you're here thinking everything's OK."
The woman continues: "I mean, you don't want to apologize, you don't want to say anything. No? Because this video is going to be on the Internet."
The woman then seemingly responds to someone off-camera: "Yeah, he has the nerve to literally come outside thinking that we don't know what he looks like. How dare you. You're not going to be able to comfortably live in Minnesota after this. Or anywhere. And you will be going back to jail. Trust. Trust."
"How'd you get the [bail] money?" the woman asks Kueng. "How'd you get the money? And you're lucky that they don't have your address. You're lucky that they don't have your address."
"This is one of the police officers that was involved in killing George Floyd," the woman tells another person off-camera. "He's out on bail today and he's comfortably shopping in Cub Foods."
As you can imagine, the video quickly went viral and attracted plenty of different opinions.
"More of this," one user wrote. "Thank you for doing this! These murderous cops need to be humiliated and shunned wherever they go. They need to banished from the community! Thanks again for having the courage to stand up to him and put this on the internet!"
More of this! Thank you for doing this! These murderous cops need to be humiliated and shunned wherever they go. They need to banished from the community!— Gene Seybold (@SeyboldGene) June 21, 2020
Thanks again for having the courage to stand up to him and put this on the internet!
Others defended the ex-officer, with one writing: "This is wrong, I understand that this is one of the officer's involved, but if he made bail or they let him out until his trail, he has the right to shop and live his life the way he chooses until he goes to court, follow him around badgering him No."
This is wrong, I understand that this is one of the officer's involved, but if he made bail or they let him out until his trail, he has the right to shop and live his life the way he chooses until he goes to court, follow him around badgering him No..— FreakyBottomNBuffalo (@FreakyBttmNBuff) June 21, 2020
"Your sister is amazing for going up to this mans face, bless her soul," another user concluded.
Ur sisters amazing for going up to this mans face, bless her soul— Elsa Larson (@elarson20) June 21, 2020
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