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  /  06.21.2020

 

Just a day after being released on bail, ex-Minneapolis police officer J. Alexander Keung, who is being charged in the murder of George Floyd, was spotted at local grocery store Cub Foods in the Minneapolis suburb of Plymouth.

“What’s your name?” a woman asks the newly freed 26-year-old in a video posted to Twitter by her sister.

“Oh, yeah, that’s me,” Keung can be heard replying.

The woman then goes on to challenge Keung for feeling “comfortable” enough to be out shopping at Cub Foods. Kueng says he just came out for necessities while holding a pack of Oreos.

“I don’t think you should have that right,” the woman continued. “I don’t even think you should be out on bail.”

“I can understand that,” replied Keung. “I’m sorry you feel that way.”

46-year-old Floyd tragically lost his life on Memorial Day at Cup Foods on East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in south Minneapolis after being accused of using a counterfeit $20.

Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and Keung are the four Minneapolis police officers who responded to the store’s emergency call where they attempted to arrest Floyd. Thao, Lane and Keung contributed to the death of Floyd, while Chauvin pressed his knee into his neck for over eight minutes.

The police killing of Floyd sparked protests across the globe in an effort to address police brutality and racial injustice. In some cities, police reform is already happening. In New York, the NYPD put a ban on chokeholds and in Louisville, the city council adopted “Breonna’s Law,” which put a ban on “no-knock” warrants, named after 26-year-old Breonna Taylor who lost her life at the hands of the Louisville Metro Police Department in March.

Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, with his bail set at $1.25 million. He is currently being held at Ramsey County Jail. The other three officers have been charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Kueng was released on Friday (June 19) and Lane was previously released on June 10. Chauvin and Thao both remain behind bars.

The four charged officers are expected to make their next court appearance on June 29.

 

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