J. Alexander Kueng, 26, is still at large while the recent death of George Floyd is causing riots in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. There were four former cops involved in the African-American man’s fatal arrest but only one has been arrested so far.
Kueng is believed to be staying with his family in Minneapolis, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune. The publication reached a relative of the former cop by phone and the relative said, “There’s no way to comment so don’t start.”
The Minneapolis Police Department hired Kueng on December 18, 2017. He was licensed in August 2019.
On May 25, 2020, Kueng and fellow rookie cop Thomas Lane, 37, responded to a report from an employee at Cup Foods at 3759 Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis. The employee claimed that a customer bought cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill and Floyd matched the suspect’s descriptions.
Kueng and Lane arrived at 8:08 p.m. and arrested Floyd, who was in his car with an adult male and an adult female. At 8:14 p.m., Derek Michael Chauvin, 44, and Tou Thao, 34, arrived in a separate squad car.
At 8:19 p.m., Chauvin pulled Floyd out of the squad car’s passenger side. Still handcuffed, the latter went to the ground face down.
Chauvin put his left knee on Floyd’s neck for a total of 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Two minutes and 53 seconds of this was after the arrestee was non-responsive.
While Chauvin was kneeling on Floyd’s neck, Kueng and Lane were holding the arrestee. Thao, on the other hand, was dealing with the eyewitnesses.
Paramedics arrived moments after Floyd started to lose consciousness and they took him to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis where he was pronounced dead. On May 26, 2020, the Minneapolis Police Department fired Kueng, Lane, Thao and Chauvin.
On May 29, 2020, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office criminal complaint against Chauvin was released and he was arrested with a bail set for $500,000. Family and friends of Floyd are still waiting for the arrest of Kueng, Lane and Thao.