Authorities: Shopper wore KKK hood at California store

Elias Hubbard
May 6, 2020

Local leaders condemned a man wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood at a Southern California grocery store over the weekend.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDCSD) reports that its deputies were not called to the scene at the time it took place but detectives are now looking into it and will pursue criminal charges, if necessary. "He was standing behind me in line, standing quietly", said Melissa, who asked not to have her last name released.

At that point, the man removed the hood and purchased his groceries before leaving, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The woman later updated her post saying she wanted to thank the management team for telling the man to either remove the hood or he would have to leave, so he removed the hood. After being confronted by a supervisor, the man took the hood off, bought his items and left.

"The Sheriff's Department does not condone hate or any acts of intolerance in our communities", he said.

@vons @NAACP @10News @News8 @sdut @nbcsandiego This male was photographed in The Mission Gorge Von's store (9643 Mission Gorge Rd.) earlier this evening 5/2/20.

People in San Diego are supposed to be so chill, but one shopper definitely didn't get the memo. "We are a county that is welcoming of people from all backgrounds", the statement said. "This was a disturbing incident for our associates and customers, and we are reviewing with our team how to best handle such inappropriate situations in the future".

"I am stunned, stunned because it's always sad when somebody, regardless of what the reasoning is, resorts to putting any kind of symbol out there that depicts some kind of hatred", John Minto, the mayor of the town of Santee, near San Diego, told the local ABC station.

"Santee, its leaders, and I will not tolerate such behavior", Minto said.

The city has tried over the years to overcome a history of racially motivated incidents that led to nicknames such as "Klantee" and "Santucky". The Marine was paralyzed by the assault.

San Diego County introduced new measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 on Friday, by making it mandatory for all individuals to wear masks in public.

Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing - very similar to a cold or flu. They also ignored the man's requests in the checkout area.

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