Second Minneapolis Police Officer Charged With The Death Of George Floyd Released From Prison After Depositing Bail


J. Alexander Kueng, 26, was released from Hennepin County Prison on Friday before 7:30 p.m.

J. Alexander Kueng, 26, was released from Hennepin County Prison on Friday before 7:30 p.m.

One of the former Minneapolis cops who was charged with the death of George Floyd was released from prison after paying his bail.

J. Alexander Kueng, 26, was released from Hennepin County Jail shortly before 7:30 p.m. Friday, StarTribune reports.

He was detained in lieu of $ 750,000 bail before his release.

Kueng is one of three former Minneapolis police officers who were charged with aiding in second degree murder and aiding in second degree manslaughter in the incident that led to the death of Floyd on 25 may.

Kueng and former officer Thomas Lane, 37, were the first to answer the call that a man – later Floyd said – had attempted to use a counterfeit $ 20 bill at a grocery store.

Kueng and Lane discovered Floyd sitting in a nearby car. They handcuffed him and tried to put him inside their car.

Later, after the arrival of officers Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao, a witness video shows Kueng standing on Floyd’s back while he was lying on the street. Kueng then told the other officers that he “couldn’t find” Floyd’s pulse.

Chauvin is charged with second degree murder and second degree manslaughter, on bail of $ 1.25 million.

George Floyd

Derek Chauvin (left) charged with second degree murder and second degree manslaughter in connection with the death of George Floyd (right), on $ 1.25 million bond

According to prosecution documents, Lane (seen on the far right) - who initially took Floyd into custody - kept the legs of the father of five, while Kueng held his back and Chauvin kneeled on his neck for eight minutes and 45 seconds

According to prosecution documents, Lane (seen on the far right) – who initially took Floyd into custody – kept the legs of the father of five, while Kueng held his back and Chauvin kneeled on his neck for eight minutes and 45 seconds

Kueng is seen right in a photo from the video of George Floyd's May 25 arrest in Minneapolis

Kueng is seen right in a photo from the video of George Floyd’s May 25 arrest in Minneapolis

Kueng can be seen here (left) with Floyd as he takes Floyd into custody on May 25

Kueng can be seen here (left) with Floyd as he takes Floyd into custody on May 25

Authorities said Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for about two minutes after Kueng’s statement.

According to prosecution documents, Lane – who had initially taken Floyd into custody – kept the legs of the father of five, while Kueng held his back and Chauvin knelt on the neck for eight minutes and 45 seconds.

During the arrest, Floyd pleaded for air and eventually stopped moving. He was then handcuffed.

In a witness video released last week, a man and woman were heard urging police to check Floyd’s pulse before more bystanders were heard imploring the police to assist Floyd.

“Do you think you’re okay?” Check his pulse! a man is heard screaming while Thao was arguing with a woman nearby.

“It hasn’t moved my brother yet,” the man continued. “He hasn’t moved once!”

The man then asked Thao, “Are you going to let him kill this man in front of you?”

The woman then shouted, “Tell me what’s her pulse right now!” Another woman is heard asking in the background, “ Did they just f ** king kill him? ”

While a crowd has gathered, others are heard shouting, “Get off his neck! and “It doesn’t move!”

Despite their cries for help, Thao did not once try to remove Chauvin from Floyd’s neck.

Instead, he continued to chat with the witnesses, shouting at them to stay on the sidewalk and not to get closer.

Shortly after, the paramedics arrive and lift Floyd’s lifeless body from the sidewalk and onto a stretcher.

Chauvin is charged with second degree murder, third degree murder and manslaughter.

Lawyers for Kueng said he was working on his third shift as a police officer when the incident occurred.

George Floyd (photo) died May 25 under the knee of officer Derek Chauvin

George Floyd (photo) died May 25 under the knee of officer Derek Chauvin

Kueng is now the second officer involved in the death of Floyd to be released. Lane was released on June 10. He also had a bond of $ 750,000.

Thao remains behind bars, as does Chauvin, who was seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes as he lost consciousness and stopped breathing on Memorial Day.

Chauvin was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department and arrested after Floyd’s death. He was first charged with third degree murder before this charge was transformed into second degree murder.

Chauvin’s bail was set at $ 1.25 million.

Chauvin, Kueng, Lane and Thao were all fired from the police after Floyd’s death.

Immediately after Floyd’s death, Black Lives Matter protests erupted worldwide.

While the majority of protests have remained peaceful, buildings, businesses and police have burned down after some protests have turned violent in major American cities.

The protesters not only demanded justice for Floyd, but also demanded justice for Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and most recently Rayshard Brooks. Protesters also marched for Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot dead by a white man in Georgia in February.

Floyd was buried on June 9 in Houston, Texas.

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