crime and punishment

J Alexander Kueng freed from jail on Juneteenth

J Alexander Kueng (©Hennepin County Jail)

J Alexander Kueng (©Hennepin County Jail)

J Alexander Kueng, 26, is one of the four former Minneapolis Police Department officers charged in the death of George Floyd. He is the second to post bail among the four former cops.

Held in lieu of $750,000 bail, Kueng was released from Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States just before 7:30 p.m. on June 19, 2020, the Minnesota Star Tribune has learned. On the same day, the U.S. celebrated Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the country.

On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3 at Ashton Villa in Galveston, Texas, USA. It was a general order that transmitted the news of the Emancipation Proclamation to the residents of Texas and freed all remaining enslaved people in the state.

Juneteenth is also called Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day and Emancipation Day. It is very close to the hearts of African-Americans like Kueng and the family left behind by Floyd.

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A University of Minnesota alumnus, Kueng holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology of law and criminology. He was born on October 8, 1993 to certified registered nurse anesthetic John Dennis Kueng and math teacher Joni L. Kueng.

J Alexander joined the Minneapolis Police Department as a cadet in February 2019. He was licensed in August 2019 and was hired as a police officer in December 2019.

On May 25, 2020, J Alexander and his fellow former Minneapolis Police Department officers Derek ChauvinTou Thao and Thomas Lane arrested Floyd for buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill at Cup Foods at 3759 Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis. The arrestee died while in the custody of the cops.

Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter and second-degree murder. J Alexander, Thao and Lane were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder while committing a felony and with aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence.

On June 10, 2020, Lane accepted $750,000 cash bail with conditions. Chauvin and Thao have yet to post bail.

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