J Alexander Kueng, 26, has been charged in the death of George Floyd along with his former Minneapolis Police Department officers Derek Michael Chauvin, 44, Thomas Kiernan Lane, 37, and Tou Nmn Thao, 34, Chauvin was originally charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter but the charges have been upgraded to second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
On the other hand, Kueng, Lane and Thou are have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder while committing a felony and with aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence. So far, only Kueng is already in custody.
Kueng “was asked to turn himself in to face charges” and was in custody 15 minutes later, his attorney Tom Plunkett said in a statement obtained by CNN. The former rookie cop turned himself in at around 1:35 p.m. on June 3, 2020.
The Minneapolis Police Department hired Kueng on December 18, 2017. He was licensed in August 2019.
On May 25, 2020, Kueng, Lane, Thao and Chauvin arrested Floyd in Minneapolis.The African-American man was accused of buying cigarettes with fake $20 bill at a grocery store.
Assisted by Kueng and Lane with Thao watching, Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. More than an hour later, Floyd was declared dead in the emergency room of Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
The Minneapolis Police Department fired Chauvin, Lane, Kueng and Thao on May 26, 2020. Chauvin was arrested on May 29, 2020.
“Trying this case will be hard,” Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison said. “History does show there are clear challenges here but we will seek justice and we will find it. What I do not believe is one successful prosecution can rectify the hurt and loss that so many people feel.”
“The solution to that pain will be slow and difficult work of construction justice and fairness in our society,” Ellison continued. “That work is the work of all of us.”