Mar 30, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Witness who recorded George Floyd's death says she stays up at night "apologizing" to him

Darnella Frazier, the teenager who videotaped former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd's neck, said at Chauvin's murder trial Tuesday that she stays up at night "apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more."

The big picture: Her cellphone footage went viral online, resulting in nationwide outrage and protests. Prosecutors are now seeking Chauvin's conviction on murder and manslaughter charges.

What she's saying: Frazier appeared to take deep breaths and cry as she was questioned. She said she heard Floyd crying out when she arrived at the scene.

  • She said the 12–14 bystanders were not threatening as the defense painted and that officers "put their hand on their mace" when people tried to help Floyd.
  • "When I look at George Floyd, I look at my dad. I look at my brothers. I look at my cousins, my uncles. Because they are all Black. I have a Black father. I have a Black brother. I have Black friends. And I look at that and I look at how that could have been one of them."
  • "It's been nights I've stayed up apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more and not physically interacting and not saving his life," she said, her voice shaking.
  • "But it's like — it's not what I should have done. It's what he should have done," she added, referring to Chauvin.

Earlier in the day, witness Donald Williams said he called 911 on the officers at the scene because he believed he "witnessed a murder."

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