George Floyd’s Death: Who are the other three officers involved in his arrest?

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Tou Thao

Former officer Thou Tao, the one doing crowd control during Floyd’s arrest, had six complaints filed with internal affairs, one of which was still open. The other five were closed without discipline.

The other two former officers, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane had no complaints filed, according to a MPD infernal affairs public summary.

Tou Thao is a native Hmong speaker who joined the police force as a part-time community service officer in 2008. He was promoted to a police officer in 2009. He was laid off later that year because of budget cuts and rehired in 2012.

george floyd's death: the three officers involved in his arrest
Photo: Courtesy of the Hennepin County Jail. From left: J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao.

Thomas Lane

Thomas Lane (37) and Kueng joined the department in February 2019, and neither have any complaints on their files.

Lane previously worked as a correctional officer at the Hennepin County juvenile jail and as a probation officer at a residential treatment facility for adolescent boys.

J. Alexander Kueng

Kueng was a 2018 graduate of the University of Minnesota where he worked part-time as campus security. He also worked as a theft-prevention officer at Macy’s in downtown Minneapolis while he was in college.


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