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.