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J Alexander Kueng harassed at Cub Foods in Plymouth, Minnesota?

J Alexander Kueng (©Hennepin County Jail)

J Alexander Kueng (©Hennepin County Jail)

J Alexander Kueng, 26, was buying some groceries at a Cub Foods in Plymouth, Minnesota, United States on June 21, 2020 when he was confronted by a fellow shopper, a woman. She kept asking the Nigerian-American former Minneapolis Police Department officer about his involvement in George Floyd‘s murder.

While Kueng queued to pay his groceries, the woman followed and filmed him. She asked him why he was “comfortably shopping” as if he did not do anything.

“I wouldn’t call it ‘comfortably,’” Kueng replied. “I would just say ‘getting necessities.’”

Apparently, the woman was upset by Kueng’s presence in the grocery store. She told the former cop that should not have the right to buy groceries.

“I can understand that,” Kueng calmly responded. “I’m sorry you feel that way.”

The woman asked Kueng if he had any remorse then she tried to catch the attention of other people in the grocery store to inform them of his identity. He later told her he just wanted to pay for his stuff and go.

Held in lieu of $750,000 bail, Kueng was released from Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 19, 2020. On the same day, the U.S. was celebrating Juneteenth.

On May 25, 2020, Floyd was arrested for buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill at a Cup Foods in Minneapolis. He died while in the custody of Kueng and his fellow former Minneapolis Police Department officers Derek Michael Chauvin, 44, Thomas Kiernan Lane, 37, and Tou Nmn Thao, 34.

Kueng, Thao and Lane were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder while committing a felony and with aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence. Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter and second-degree murder.

“We want to share our feelings about what transpired and led to the death of George Floyd,” Cup Foods owner Mahmoud “Mike” Abumayyaleh told The Grio. “He was murdered and executed in cold blood. Thankfully, it was recorded and there needs to be some accountability of those officers who were involved.”

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