Defense Attorney Representing an Illegal Alien Accused of Killing Sgt. Michael Kunovich Claims His Client Is a Victim of ‘Police Brutality’ and Racism

The defense attorney for an illegal alien charged with the death of St. Johns County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Michael Kunovich claims that his client is a target of both “police brutality” and racism.

As previously reported, 18-year-old illegal alien Virjilio Aguilar-Mendez from Guatemala was arrested and charged in May of this year with resisting an officer with violence and felony murder in connection to Kunovich’s death.

This week, the felony murder charge was replaced with a single manslaughter charge. The defense attorney for the illegal alien, Phillip Arroyo, told local media that he intends to initiate a civil lawsuit claiming racism and police brutality on Kunovich’s part.

“We believe this is a grave injustice for what seems to be so far an act of police brutality and potential civil rights violations,” Arroyo told News4Jax.

“… Hispanics in general, those who don’t speak English, are victims of police brutality or civil rights violations and sometimes we never hear that story because of the language barrier,” Arroyo said.

“And I think that, in this scenario, it’s very important to shed light on what’s going on here,” he added.

According to police, on May 19, Kunovich lawfully attempted to pat down Aguilar-Mendez as he sat outside a closed business. Instead of cooperating, Aguilar-Mendez attempted to escape from Kunovich. As additional officers intervened, Aguilar-Mendez persisted in resisting arrest.

In the end, Kunovich found himself on the ground grappling with Aguilar-Mendez, who tried to snatch the officer’s taser. The struggle persisted for over six minutes. Afterward, Aguilar-Mendez was handcuffed, but he managed to pull out a pocketknife, which was promptly confiscated.

After the struggle with Aguilar-Mendez, Kunovich fell to the ground. First responders performed life-saving measures, but he was declared dead after being quickly taken to a nearby hospital.

Aguilar-Mendez is currently held in St. Johns County Jail without bail. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have requested custody of the illegal alien if local law enforcement decides to release him.

At Kunovich’s funeral, his oldest son Michael Jr. called his father “a kind, generous, and intelligent man full of common sense and humor.”

“Dad, your shift was over way too soon. Go rest high on that mountain, be our guardian angel, and guide Max and I to serve as you did. I will always love you,” Michael Jr. said.

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John
John
2 months ago

I have No sypathy for either side in this!

max
max
2 months ago
Reply to  John

The individual that should be hit with this murder charge is in the freakin’ White House. Having said that, why would a cop try to search someone sitting in front of a closed business? Sounds like jack-booted conduct to me.

Generally speaking, Florida police are seriously out-of-control and when sh*t happens to them, I won’t shed a tear. Including this case.

Sandra Smith
Sandra Smith
2 months ago

Resisting arrest, naturally bound to escalate police response to contain and detain, does not equate to police brutality. That kid KILLED a cop, for merely doing the job for which he was hired: defending the citizens who employed him! This business of pretending the crime was trying to arrest a law breaker has to STOP!

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