Darnella Frazier, A 17-year-old who filmed George floydTestified at the death and former Minneapolis police officer Derek ChauvinSue on the incident, releasing her first public statement she saw on her anniversary The 46-year-old is passing.
Frasier, at length The statement was posted on her Facebook page, Says she still carries “the weight and trauma of what I saw a year ago”.
“A year ago, today I witnessed a murder,” she wrote at the beginning of the statement. The victim’s name was George Floyd. Although this was not the first time, I have seen a black person killed by the police, this is the first time I have seen this happening in front of me. A few feet away, right in front of my eyes. I did not know this man with a can of paint, but I knew that his life mattered. I knew he was in pain. I knew that he is another black person who has no power.
Frazier further said that Chauvin’s antics took away his innocence and scared him for a lifetime. “It’s a little easier now, but I’m not what I used to be,” she wrote. “A part of my childhood was taken from me.”
George Floyd was murdered a year ago (May 25) by Chauvin, who was convicted of second and third degree murder and second degree murder for kneeling for more than nine minutes on Floyd’s neck last month. He died due to this. Frazier’s cell phone recording of Floyd’s passing was key evidence in the trial of Chauvin’s murder. Additionally, her testimony helped lead to a conviction.
Read his full statement below.
A year ago, today I witnessed a murder. The victim’s name was George Floyd. Although this was not the first time, I have seen a black person killed by the police, this is the first time I have seen this happening in front of me. A few feet away, right in front of my eyes. I did not know this man with a can of paint, but I knew that his life mattered. I knew he was in pain. I knew that he is another black person who has no power. I was only 17 at the time, it was just a normal day for me, taking my 9-year-old cousin to the corner shop, I wasn’t even ready for what I was about to see, didn’t even know that my life. The day was about to change at this precise moment… it did. It changed me. It changed how I viewed life. It made me realize how dangerous it is to be black in America. We should not walk on egg shells around police officers, the same people who should protect and serve. Due to the color of our skin we are seen as thugs, animals and criminals. Why are black people seen in this way when there is some kind of wrongdoing in every caste? None of us is going to do justice. We are all humans. I am now 14 years old and I am still experiencing the weight and trauma that I saw a year ago. It’s a little easier now, but I’m not what I used to be. A part of my childhood was taken from me. My 9-year-old cousin, who saw exactly what I took a part of her childhood from. My house was no longer safe, so getting up and leaving, waking up to reporters at my door, closing my eyes at night only to see a brown man like me, is lifeless on the ground. I could not sleep properly for weeks. I trembled so badly at night that my mother had to move me to sleep. Going from hotel to hotel because we did not have a home and were watching our backs every day in the process. Every time I saw the police car, there were panic and panic attacks, I don’t know who to trust because many people have bad intentions. I keep that weight. Many people call me a hero, even though I don’t see myself as one. I was in the right place at the right time. Behind this smile, behind these awards, behind the hype, I am a girl who is trying to overcome something she remembers every day. Everyone talks about the girl who recorded the death of George Floyd, but actually being her is a different story. It not only affected me, but also my family. We all experienced change. My mother the most. I strive for her to be stronger every day because she was stronger for me when I could not be stronger for myself. Even though it was a painful life-changing experience for me, I am proud of myself. If it had not been for my video, the world would not have known the truth. I own it. My video did not save George Floyd, but it drove his killer away and off the streets. You can see George Floyd the way you want to see him, despite his past, because don’t we all have one? He was someone’s beloved, someone’s son, someone’s father, someone’s brother and someone’s friend. We will not take blame, you will not point fingers at us as if it is our fault, as if we are criminals. I don’t think people understand how serious death is … that person is never coming back. These officers should not decide whether to live or not. The time has come for these officers to be held accountable. It is not your job to kill people and abuse your power while doing it. People don’t really need to go through something to understand that it’s not okay. It is called keeping heart and understanding right and wrong. George Floyd, I cannot express enough that I wish things would have been different, but I want you to know that you will always be in my heart. I will always remember this day because of you. May your soul rest in peace. May you rest in the most beautiful roses.