Colorado cops looking for man who wore KKK hood in market
Colorado cops are searching for a man who wore a Ku Klux Klan hood to go grocery shopping — the second time this month that someone in the US has pulled the hateful stunt.
The man walked into the City Market in Dillon Thursday and proceeded to shop until he was asked to leave, which he refused to do. An employee at the store then called the cops, the Summit Daily News reports.
The man fled before officers arrived, but cops are working to identify him and his vehicle using surveillance footage, the newspaper reports.
“Right now, they’re trying to identify him, contact him and take it for from there,” a spokeswoman for the grocery store told the newspaper. “Obviously, we take this kind of action very seriously.”
Video of the incident obtained by KUSA shows the man apparently chatting it up with other customers while holding a basket and a container of milk. He stands near three other shoppers before one of them apparently said something about his hood, prompting him to shrug his shoulders and walk away.
The man then argued with customers and workers who approached him until he left the store. In a statement to the station, the grocery chain said it values “diversity and inclusion,” as well as respect for every customer.
“We ask our customers to respect these values as well when in our stores,” the statement read. “Our store leaders are empowered to swiftly and respectfully address anyone who disregards these values, which includes blatant symbols of hate and intolerance.”
Another man was spotted wearing a KKK hood while buying groceries earlier this month in Santee, California. He ultimately took off the hood while shopping May 4 at a Von supermarket after being asked several times by clerks and a supervisor.
“San Diego is #NoPlaceForHate,” Tammy Gillies, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League in San Diego, said on Twitter.