Darnella Frazier, 17-Year-Old Girl Who Filmed George Floyd’s Murder, Is Honored
A 17-year-old girl was at the right place at the right time on Memorial Day, May 25, 2020. She was taking her 9-year-old cousin to Cup Foods for snacks. Her cell phone was charged, and she had a quick eye and a steady hand when she witnessed a scene that she knew was wrong.
Darnella Frazier was brave enough to record a video of former police officer Derek Chauvin pressing his knee on George Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. As a result of Chauvin’s unlawful action, Floyd died.
On April 20, 2021, a diverse 12-member jury deliberated only 10.5 hours to find the 45-year-old former police officer guilty on all three counts of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. He showed no emotion as the verdicts were being read.
He was immediately handcuffed and taken to the Minnesota Correctional Facility — Oak Park Heights, a state prison. He is in a segregated housing unit that is separated from the general population. That is for his safety while he awaits sentencing in August. Chauvin could face up to 40 years for second-degree murder, up to 25 years for third-degree murder, and up to 10 years for manslaughter. It depends on what the judge decides just as his guilty verdicts depended on what the jury agreed to.
Frazier’s video has been seen all over the world and was shown throughout Chauvin’s trial, which was a tremendous help for the prosecutor to make a strong case against him.