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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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Prosecutors play 911 call at Derek Chauvin trial

Donald Williams, who witnessed former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd last May, testified at Chauvin's trial Tuesday that he called 911 on the officers at the scene because he believed he "witnessed a murder."

The big picture: Williams took the stand for the second day in the nationally televised trial as prosecutors seek to win a conviction against Chauvin on murder and manslaughter charges.

Derek Chauvin trial opening statements: What to expect

Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photos: Chandan Khanna, Stephen Maturen and Michael Siluk/Getty Images

All eyes are on Minneapolis as opening statements in the Derek Chauvin trial begin this morning.

The big picture: Ten months after Floyd's killing rocked the world, many see the trial as a defining moment in our collective reckoning with issues of race and justice.

Mar 29, 2021 - Axios Twin Cities

911 dispatcher testimony at Chauvin trial: "Something was not right"

Screenshot via WashPost livestream on YouTube

Minneapolis 911 dispatcher Jena Scurry said she felt a "gut instinct" that "something was not right" as she watched police officers hold George Floyd on the ground with a knee on his neck.

Why it matters: Scurry is the first witness to testify in the nationally televised trial of former officer Derek Chauvin, who faces murder and manslaughter charges.