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J Alexander Kueng is black, raised by single mom in Minneapolis

J Alexander Kueng (©Hennepin County Jail)

J Alexander Kueng (©Hennepin County Jail)

 

J Alexander Kueng, 26, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States is African-American like George Floyd. The former has been charged in the death of the latter.

People have been wondering about Kueng’s ethnicity before and after his arrest. It was confirmed that he is black when the former Minneapolis Police Department officer made his first appearance in Hennepin County District Court in Hennepin Country, Minneapolis  in front of District Court Judge Paul Scoggin on June 4, 2020.

Representing Kueng is Thomas C. Plunkett, who revealed that his client grew up with an absentee father and a mother who adopted four more at-risk children. Plunkett told Scoggin that Kueng never lived more than 10 miles from his childhood home in Minneapolis, KARE 11 quoted the lawyer as saying.

Kueng became a police officer because he “wanted to make his community a better place,” The Minnesota Star Tribune quoted Plunkett as saying. The lawyer also said his client was raised by his single mother on the predominantly black north side of Minneapolis.

The former rookie cop was born on October 8, 1993 to certified registered nurse anesthetic John Dennis Kueng and math teacher Joni L. Kueng. J Alexander has brothers named Jordan Kueng and Matthew Kueng and a sister named Taylor Kueng.

In 2012, J Alexander graduated from Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis. In 2018, he received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota.

 

On June 3, 2020, J Alexander was charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder while committing a felony and with aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence. His former colleagues Thomas Kiernan Lane, 37, and Tou Nmn Thao, 34, are facing the same charges while Derek Michael Chauvin, 44,  who was originally charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, is now facing a new charge of second-degree murder.

Assisted by Kueng and Lane with Thao watching, Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds at 3759 Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. More than an hour later, Floyd was declared dead in the emergency room of Hennepin County Medical Center in Hennepin County.

A judge set bail at $750,000 apiece for Kueng, Lane and Thao. The bail for Chauvin is set at $1 million.

12 replies »

  1. Surprised a black man, regardless if he is biracial or not, would just stand by and let this happen to his own people. Shame on him

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    • It was easy for him to do that IF he doesn’t consider himself Black. I’ve seen other documentations/blogs where he lists himself as White Caucasian. Go figure.

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      • You still think this is a race issue? This is a police issue not a race one, I bet the Asian guy also identified as white right?

        And whats so bad in identifying as white, he’s got a white mother, he is half and half, why can he be black and not white?

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  2. Surprised that any Human being regardless of race would stand by and let that happen.Shame on all of them.Maybe if we stopped putting everyone in categories like ” black” and “biracial” and stop saying things like “his own people” it can start to get better. We are all human beings.

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    • It’s only white people who make clueless statements like this. Only white people have the privilege and luxury to “not see color”. We are all human beings, but WE are Black people in America. It’s not about how “all” lives matter right now.

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  3. Well I commented on Kueng only because this article’s main focus is that he was the same ethnicity as George Floyd. Obviously all the officers involved are a disgrace. Yes shame on all of them

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    • I agree shame on all of them and shame on those who categories people. This is why we have a problem. This starts with all sides Blacks Whites Asian, Hispanics etc…I saw just as many other ethnic groups out protesting not just blacks. These officers did this not the white race. Stop pushing this on whites.

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  4. Problem is that a black, an asian and another white officer assisted in this “arrest gone wrong”. How it de-evolved into race riots is the real tragedy here. What has to be proven is whether Chauvin would have used the same tactic on a large white perp if you’re going to go after the “racism” charge. Hard to prove unless you have a solid history of it. Sadly, black policemen aren’t black in this case and dark skinned latinos are “white” in the case of George Zimmerman. “Swiss” is besides the point. The other George (Soros that is) is the only winner in all of this.

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  5. He will be acquitted at trial. He was on his third shift as a police officer and under the instruction of the killer Chauvin. He purportedly questioned Chauvin’s actions. Given his militarized academy training and his complete lack of experience in a job where use of force is the expected norm charging him with murder is highly unfair.

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    • I agree. 2 rookies cops with not even 6 months on the force. It is unfair to blame them. Chauvin was their field training officer he should have known better they was trying to do followed his lead being rookies thinking he was going to do the right thing but chauvin didn’t and got theme in trouble.

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  6. That police officer is NOT African-American. African-American means Black people that are descendent of American slaves from US. He is half white and half Nigerian.

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