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

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.

As Breitbart News reported, 19-year-old illegal alien Virgilio Aguilar-Mendez of Guatemala was arrested in May 2023 and has been charged with resisting an officer with violence and manslaughter in connection with Kunovich’s death.

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. “He was a victim of violation of his fourth, fifth, and sixth amendment constitutional rights. Those who are responsible for this abuse will be held accountable.”

Arroyo also said the charges against Aguilar-Mendez are some “of the greatest injustices he’s ever seen” in the court system, calling them a “grave injustice” and “disheartening.”

The threat of a federal lawsuit comes as a local judge recently found Aguilar-Mendez incompetent to stand trial and ordered him to undergo competency treatment while he remains in St. Johns County custody.

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. When other officers got involved, Aguilar-Mendez continued resisting.

Eventually, Kunovich was on the ground in a struggle with Aguilar-Mendez who attempted to grab the officer’s taser off his person. The struggle lasted for more than six minutes. Afterward, Aguilar-Mendez was handcuffed but pulled out a pocketknife, which was quickly taken from him.

Following the struggle with Aguilar-Mendez, Kunovich collapsed on the ground. First responders administered lifesaving measures, but he was pronounced dead after being rushed to a nearby hospital.

Aguilar-Mendez is an illegal alien from Guatemala. He arrived at the United States-Mexico border last year and was subsequently released into the United States. According to his attorney, Aguilar-Mendez had been working on a farm and sending money back to Guatemala.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at Follow him on Twitter here.


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  1. So what about the officer’s rights, the illegal murdering maggot did not consider that, did he… Hang the subhuman nonentity…

    • Amazing. He comes here illegally and believes he was refused his rights. He had no right to be here to begin with. And of course, he pulls the race card. Only in Bidens America.

  2. If Aguilar-Mendez is an Illegal alien ,then he has no rights under the constitution ! HE IS NOT A CITEZIN !
    There for he should face the charges ,and after he has served his sentence for the crime .He should be returned
    to Guatemala . He is here Illegality ,and that is another crime he should have to Pay for .
    People for hundreds of years have worked hard and followed the rules to become citizens of the Greatest Country in the word . And now the Border is wide open because the Democrats ,and the Biden Admiration want a new voter base to replace the people that are leaving in droves . And they are giving our Sovereignty so they can get their Communist Country ,where they think they will rule with total control . But they under estimate the American People . We will Fight to the end to protect our country and our way of life !
    God Bless America and her People . Amen

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