Darnella Frazier, Teen Who Recorded George Floyd’s Killing, Praised In Wake Of Derek Chauvin Verdict
The teenager testified in court that she felt that he was in great pain and that he knew he was likely going to lose his life.
April 21, 2021 at 10:21 pm
Darnella Fraizer’s decision to stand up against injustice and record the harrowing final minutes of George Floyd’s life is being regarded as one of the most essential components of former police officer Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction.
On Tuesday, the jury in Chauvin’s trial reached a verdict and found him guilty of third-degree murder, second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter, as Blavity previously reported.
Later, the teenager posted on Facebook that she was so relieved with the outcome of the verdict that she wept.
"I just cried so hard,” she wrote. "I was so anxious, anxiety bussing through the roof. But to know GUILTY ON ALL 3 CHARGES !!! THANK YOU GOD THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.”
I just cried so hard😩This last hour my heart was beating so fast, I was so anxious, anxiety bussing through the roof....Posted by Darnella Frazier on Tuesday, April 20, 2021
In court, the then-17-year-old high school student recalled the events of May 25, 2020, where she captured the Black father writhing in pain, calling for his mother.
"I heard George Floyd saying, 'I can't breathe, please, get off of me' ... and crying for his mom," Frazier testified, CNN reports. "He was in pain. It seemed like he knew it was over for him."
Angela Harrellson, Floyd's aunt, praised Frazier for her quick thinking and courageous act.
"The sad thing is if it hadn't been for that 17-year-old girl Darnella, it would have been another black man that was killed by the police ... and they would have said, 'Oh, it was drugs, oh it was this,'" Harrellson said. "And we would never have had the story we would have. And wouldn't be here today talking."
The impact of Chauvin’s trial could have even greater implications on the law enforcement community at large.
The North Carolina chapter of NAACP wrote a statement saying that Frazier’s video "will go down in history.”
"Like the Abraham Zapruder film of the Assassination of President John Kennedy, the traditional police coverup was impossible," the statement read. "No one, not even many of Chauvin's police colleagues, could argue against Ms. Frazier's film."