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June 21, 2020
J Alexander Kueng was released from jail on Friday after posting bail in Minneapolis Credit: THE MEGA AGENCY

THE second ex-cop who was arrested over the killing of George Floyd is now a free man after posting bail.

J Alexander Kueng was released from the Hennepin County Jail on Friday night after being held in lieu of $750,000 bail.

The 26-year-old ex-cop walked free just before 7.30pm in Minneapolis, according to online jail records obtained by the Star Tribune.

Kueng is one of three former cops charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in connection with the fatal arrest of Floyd, who died on May 25.

Thomas Lane, 37, is the only other officer who has been freed after he posted bail last Wednesday.

The third officer, Tou Thao, also faces aiding and abetting charges but is still being held behind bars in lieu of $750,000.

Meanwhile, arresting officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for kneeling on the Black dad's neck for roughly eight minutes.

The 44-year-old remains in jail and his bail is set at $1.25million.

Kueng was working his third shift ever as a full-time cop when he and rookie Lane responded to an 8pm call about a man using a counterfeit $20 bill at a deli, defense attorneys said.

The two officers found Floyd sitting in a nearby car, then handcuffed him and attempted to put him in their squad car as Chauvin and Thao arrived as backup.

Video of Floyd's arrest showed bystanders pleading with officers to stop as Lane held down the 46-year-old's legs.

Kueng held onto Floyd's back as he lay handcuffed on his stomach in the street.

He took Floyd's pulse and told the other officers, "I couldn't find one," according to a criminal complaint obtained by the Star Tribune.

The charges state Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck for about two minutes after Kueng's comments.