It has been almost a year since George Floyd was killed by Derek Chauvin and the footage was shot by 17-year-old Darnella Frazier. She saw the incident between George who was unarmed and Chauvin, the ex-cop in May last year. When she witnessed the struggle, she started capturing it on her phone. She posted it on Facebook and it went viral, inspiring people all over the world to stand up for justice for George and Black Americans who have suffered due to police brutality.
Derek has been sentenced as guilty of all charges which are third-degree murder, second-degree unintentional murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
According to The New York Times, Darnella was walking with her cousin on the ill-fated day when George was killed last year, she was going to the convenience store for snacks in Minnesota. She was en route when both she and her cousin saw four cops arresting George Floyd. The police offers were Alexander Kueng, Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, and Thomas Lane.
Darnella testified during Derek’s trial. She was on the stand on 30th March and testified by saying, “When I look at George Floyd, I look at my dad, I look at my brothers, I look at my cousins, my uncles. I have a Black father. I have a Black brother. I have Black friends.” She confessed that she still apologizes to George for what happened. According to The New York Times, she added, “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. But it’s like, it’s not what I should have done, it’s what he should have done.” She clearly blames Derek for what happened.
In 2020, December, PEN American gave Darnella an award, The 2020 PEN/Benenson Courage Award because she had captured Floyd’s murder.
She said in her speech while accepting the award, “I never would have imagined out of my whole 17 years of living that this would be me. It’s just a lot to take in, but I couldn’t say thank you enough for everything that’s been coming towards me.”
After Derek’s verdict was shared on 20th April, Darnella spoke about it on Facebook. “I just cried so hard. This last hour my heart was beating so fast, I was so anxious, anxiety bussing through the roof. But to know GUILTY ON ALL 3 CHARGES !!! THANK YOU, GOD THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. George Floyd, we did it!! [heart emojis] justice has been served.”
Darnella had shared another post on Facebook during March calling Derek Chauvin “to go down”. Darnella Frazier has also created a GoFundMe page to raise money to “push back against the racism, bullying, and harassment”. Mica Cole Kamenski who is the organizer for the fundraiser said Darnella Frazier suffered a lot of harassment after she posted the video of Geroge Floyd’s arrest. By April 20, 2021, almost $600,000 had been funded for Darnella.