Colorado Police Seek Man Seen Wearing KKK Hood With Swastika in Grocery Store Amid Mandatory Face Cover Laws

Police in Colorado are seeking a man who was pictured in a supermarket wearing what appeared to be a Ku Klux Klan hood.

The Dillon Police Department said it was called by an employee at the City Market store on Thursday after a customer wearing a pointed white hood adorned with a swastika and a peace sign refused to leave the store when asked.

Images of the suspect were shared on social media.

Dillon Police Chief Mark Heminghous said officers responded to reports of trespassing at 12:41 p.m., but the suspect had left by the time they arrived at the scene.

Police are asking the public for help identifying the man and are examining the store's surveillance footage to determine what vehicle he used.

"Right now, they're trying to identify him, contact him and take it from there," Kerstin Anderson, Dillon's director of communications, told the Summit Daily.

"Obviously, we take this kind of action very seriously."

A dude in a KKK hood showed up at my local grocery store — CityMarket in Dillon, Colorado — today.

— Diana Brickell (@DianaBrickell) May 14, 2020

In a statement to 9News, a City Market spokesperson said: "At City Market, we train our associates to embrace diversity and inclusion and to show respect to every customer and one another. We ask our customers to respect these values as well when in our stores.

"Our store leaders are empowered to swiftly and respectfully address anyone who disregards these values, which includes blatant symbols of hate and intolerance."

A public health order, implemented on April 25, requires all Summit County residents to cover their faces whenever they are indoors in public spaces, and outdoors if social distancing of six feet is not possible.

Earlier this month, a man in San Diego caused outrage after he wore a KKK hood while shopping at a grocery store in Santee.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department investigated the incident after images of the man in the Vons store went viral.

Police decided there were no grounds to prosecute the man as he claimed wearing the hood was "not intended to be a racial statement."

The man said he was merely complying with the state's rules requiring everyone to cover their faces when entering a place of business, which was brought in on May 1.

"That said, this incident should serve as a reminder for anyone contemplating wearing or displaying items so closely associated with hate and human suffering that our society does not hold in high regard those who do so," the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

"Santee is a city of families and the community is rightfully disgusted at this man's despicable behavior.

(File photo) A Klansman raises his left arm during a "white power" chant at a Ku Klux Klan rally December 16, 2000 in Skokie, IL. Police in Colorado are seeking a man who was pictured in a supermarket wearing what appeared to be a KKK hood. Tim Boyle/Newsmakers/Getty