Posted on January 15, 2024

Illegal Alien Accused of Causing Sgt. Michael Kunovich’s Death Says He Is a Victim of Racism

John Binder, Breitbart, January 14, 2024

An illegal alien, accused of causing St. Johns County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Michael Kunovich’s death, says his “constitutional rights” have been violated and he is the victim of police brutality as well as racial profiling.

{snip} Virgilio Aguilar-Mendez of Guatemala was arrested in May 2023 {snip}

Aguilar-Mendez’s defense attorney, Phillip Arroyo, told First Coast News that has threatened to file a federal lawsuit if St. Johns County prosecutors do not drop their charges against his client.

“Mr. Virgilio was a victim of police brutality. He was a victim of racial profiling,” Arroyo said. {snip}


According to police, on May 19, Kunovich lawfully attempted to pat down Aguilar-Mendez while he was sitting outside of a closed business. Aguilar-Mendez, instead of complying, tried to flee from Kunovich. {snip}

Eventually, Kunovich was on the ground in a struggle with Aguilar-Mendez who attempted to grab the officer’s taser off his person. {snip}

Following the struggle with Aguilar-Mendez, Kunovich collapsed on the ground. First responders administered lifesaving measures, but he was pronounced dead {snip}