crime and punishment

J Alexander Kueng ethnicity: Asian, Black or European?

J Alexander Kueng (©Hennepin County Jail)

J Alexander Kueng (©Hennepin County Jail)

 

J Alexander Kueng‘s ethnicity was one of the things people wanted to know after the death of George Floyd. In one of the videos of Floyd’s fatal arrest, Kueng’s face was clearly shown and many people are wondering if he is of Asian or African-American descent.

For some, Kueng’s ethnicity has nothing to do with Floyd’s death and the Black Lives Matter movement. For others, it has a lot to do with the issues that need to be discussed.

On June 3, 2020, Kueng finally turned himself in. He is currently detained at the Hennepin County Jail in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States along with Thomas Kiernan Lane, 37, and Tou Nmn Thao, 34, while Derek Michael Chauvin, 44, is in a maximum-security prison in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota called the Minnesota Correctional Facility.

J. Alexander Kueng, George Floyd

J Alexander Kueng, George Floyd

 

Born on October 8, 1993, Kueng is the son of John Dennis Kueng, a certified registered nurse anesthetic, and Joni L. Kueng, a math teacher. Details about the parents’ ethnicity are not available.

Mugshots of J Alexander were released shortly after his arrest. Still, clueless people keep asking, “Is he Asian? Is he Black?”

J Alexander’s personnel files, which were heavily redacted, do not answer these questions. One interesting detail from the files reveals that he speaks, reads and writes Russian.

So is J Alexander European? Apparently, Kueng, also spelled Küng, is a Swiss surname. Among the Swiss people with this surname are artist Sarah Kueng, tennis player Leonie Kueng, triathlete Manuel Kueng, volleyball player Lorenz Küng and former Swiss former World Cup alpine ski racer Patrick Küng.

There is also a woman named Taylor Kueng, who is African-American and is from Minneapolis just like J Alexander. Born in 1999, she has been a student worker-office assistant at the Minnesota State University, Mankato since August 2018.

 

So is J Alexander Swiss? Black Swiss?

The mystery behind J Alexander’s ethnicity was finally unlocked on June 4, 2020 when he made his first appearance in Hennepin County District Court in Hennepin Country, Minneapolis in front of District Court Judge Paul Scoggin.

Thomas C. Plunkett, who represents J Alexander, described his client as a young African-American man who grew up with an absentee father and a mother who adopted four more at-risk children. The lawyer told Scoggin that J Alexander never lived more than 10 miles from his childhood home in Minneapolis, KARE 11 quoted the lawyer as saying.

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