Meghan Markle Says “George Floyd’s Life Mattered”
Even if you don’t recognize Darnella Frazier‘s name, you’ve likely watched the video she recorded on her phone on May 25, 2020.
Frazier was just 17 years old when she witnessed the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn. She and her 9-year-old cousin were walking to the Cup Foods convenience store, when they saw former police officer Derek Chauvin and three others arresting Floyd. She used her phone to record Floyd’s death and uploaded the video to Facebook, which sparked worldwide protests last summer.
Nearly a year later, a jury found Chauvin guilty of murder. He was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on Tuesday, April 20.
Frazier, now 18, has been heralded as a hero both for her foresight to record the video and for her bravery in taking the stand as a witness in the trial.
After the jury presented its verdict, Frazier shared her joy 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,” she wrote. “But to know GUILTY ON ALL 3 CHARGES !!! THANK YOU GOD THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. George Floyd we did it!! justice has been served.”
She said during her testimony in court that she regretted not intervening more during the arrest, as Floyd was “terrified, scared, begging for his life.”
“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,” she said, according to The New York Times. “But it’s like, it’s not what I should have done, it’s what [Chauvin] should have done.”
Darnella Frasier/Facebook/Courtesy Ben Crump Law
Frazier explained, “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’re all Black… I have a Black father. I have a Black brother. I have Black friends.”
On April 20, celebrities and social media users alike praised her heroism and quick thinking. Oprah Winfrey said she was “Grateful for Darnella Frazier.” Kerry Washington wrote on Twitter, “Darnella Frazier is a hero. Her bravery in that moment must never be forgotten. We lift you up Darnella.”
President Barack Obama‘s former adviser, Valerie Jarrett, said, “History should remember the incredibly 17 year old Darnella Frazier who had the strength and composure to capture the murder of #georgefloyd on video. Without her video there may never have been #justice.”
Comments also came flooding in on her own Facebook status. One person wrote, “I hope you know that you have changed the course of history, young woman.” Another said, “Without you, it would’ve never ignited the rocket tha