The teenager who recorded the video showing former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck gave an emotional testimony in court on March 30.
Darnella Frazier, who was 17 when she recorded the video in her cellphone last May 28 and is now 18, said that George Floyd’s death has haunted her and that she has felt regret for not physically engaging with the officers when the incident happened.
“It’s been nights I stayed up apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more and not physically interacting and not saving his life,” Frazier said at the second day of the high-profile trial against Chauvin, who has been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
“But it’s like, it’s not what I should have done. It’s what he should have done,” Frazier added, referring to Chauvin, whom she said “was kneeling harder” as a crowd of bystanders pleaded for him and the other officers to check Floyd’s pulse.
“He didn’t care. It seemed as if he didn’t care what we were saying. It didn’t change anything he was doing,” Frazier also said.
Frazier described seeing Floyd as “terrified, scared, and begging for his life.”
“I see a man on the ground, and I see a cop kneeling down on him,” Frazier said.
Frazier uploaded the video on Facebook last May, sparking protests worldwide on racism and police brutality. The video could be the most crucial evidence against Chauvin.
“The video speaks for itself,” Frazier told Defense Attorney Eric Nelson on cross-examination.
Judge Peter Cahill ruled that Frazier could testify off-camera because she was a minor at the time of the incident. The audio of her testimony was broadcasted live.
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