Ex-Cop Involved In George Floyd's Killing Confronted By Woman At Grocery Store: 'You're Not Gonna Be Able To Live Comfortably'
"He has the nerve to come outside thinking we don't know what he looks like," the woman said of J. Alexander Kueng in the video.
June 22, 2020 at 3:31 pm
One of the officers who has been charged in the killing of George Floyd was confronted at a grocery store in Plymouth, Minnesota, on Saturday.
J. Alexander Kueng was released from Hennepin County Jail on Friday after his bail was set at $750,000, reported CBS Minnesota. According to TMZ, a woman spotted Kueng while he was shopping and captured the confrontation on video, which was posted to Twitter.
"He has the nerve to literally come outside thinking we don't know what he looks like," the woman said in the video. "How dare you? You're not gonna be able to comfortably live in Minnesota or anywhere. And you will be going back to jail. Trust, trust."
— josiah (@jk3rd_) June 21, 2020
Kueng stood idly by on May 25 while his colleague, Derek Chauvin, fatally pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for over eight minutes. Kueng was fired and charged in connection to Floyd’s death. He was then released from jail.
As the woman recorded the video, Kueng confirmed his identity.
"That is me," he said after the woman asked for his name.
"You're out of prison and you're comfortably shopping as if you didn't do anything," the woman replied.
The former officer, carrying a pack of Oreos, said he wouldn't "call it comfortably," but that he was "getting necessities."
While the woman continued to tell Kueng that he doesn't have the right to be out shopping, he said "I'm sorry you feel that way."
As the former officer proceeded to the checkout line, the woman followed and continued to record.
"We want you to be locked up," she said. "Do you feel any remorse for what you did?"
The man stayed silent as the woman made sure to let people in the store know who he was.
"I pulled out the picture. I knew it was you," she said. "He was there when they were killing him. This is crazy that you are here thinking everything is OK. You don't wanna apologize. You don't wanna say anything? No?"
Still, Kueng silently waited to checkout while the woman pressed him with more questions.
"He bailed out," she said. "How did you get the money? And you're lucky they don't have your address."
Kueng and his two former colleagues, Thomas K. Lane and Tou Thao, are each charged with one count of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter, as Blavity previously reported. Chauvin faces charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Kueng’s attorney, Thomas Plunkett, said his client followed the lead of his superior.
“At all times Mr. Kueng and Mr. Lane turned their attention to that 19-year veteran,” Plunkett said. “[Kueng] was trying — they were trying to communicate that this situation needs to change direction.”
Kueng said he took Floyd’s pulse and told the other officers he “couldn’t find one," yet Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for an additional two minutes, according to court documents. Kueng's attorney said his client told the other officers “we can’t do this.”