2nd former police officer charged in George Floyd death released from jail

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Saturday, June 20, 2020
Officer in George Floyd death released from jail
J. Alexander Kueng, one of the officers who helped restrain George Floyd, was released from jail on bond.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota -- A second former police officer charged after the death of George Floyd has been released on bond.

Alexander Kueng posted a $750,000 bond and was released late Friday afternoon, according to Hennepin County Jail records. Kueng is one of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of Floyd.

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He is the second officer to be released. Thomas Lane previously posted bond on June 10. A fourth officer, Derek Chauvin, is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter.

The complaint against Kueng, 26, says he was positioned between Chauvin and Lane during Floyd's detainment. The complaint against former officer Tou Thao, 34, who was seen in the cellphone video standing near a crowd of bystanders, says Thao initially got a hobble restraint from the squad car, "but the officers decided not to use it and maintained their positions."

According to records, Kueng joined the department in February 2019 and became a full-time officer in December. Minneapolis officers must serve a year on probation and spend time in field training with a more senior officer before they are fully qualified.

Kueng, who is black, became a police officer because he "wanted to make his community a better place," Kueng's attorney Tom Plunkett said. He said Kueng was raised by his single mother on Minneapolis' predominantly black north side.

Judge Paul Scoggin set the next court date in the case for June 29.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.