She stood firm, and with guts and a steady hand, Darnella Frazier captured the longest and clearest bystander video of George Floyd’s final moments, without which Derek Chauvin might still be a Minneapolis police officer doing what he doing what he has done 19 times in his 22years on the force- abusing his position of authority.
Frazier’s viral video of George Floyd’s murder ensured the whole world saw Floyd’s last moment that sparked a national reckoning on race and police brutality and contradicted the Minneapolis Police Department’s initial description of his death, most importantly, the video was perhaps the most important piece of evidence that ensured the conviction of Derek Chauvin on murder charges by the jury.
The Black teenager who also testified during the trial said that she has spent nights apologizing to Floyd for “not doing more.” Now, people across the country — including Floyd’s family, President Biden and numerous celebrities and elected officials — are crediting her bravery and quick thinking in capturing the video that they say made the guilty verdict possible.
During his remarks to the nation after the verdict, President Joe Biden referred to Frazier as a “brave young woman.”
Oprah Winfrey said she was “grateful for Darnella Frazier,” while actress Kerry Washington called Frazier a “hero,” whose “bravery in that moment must never be forgotten.”
Following the guilty verdict, Darnella Frazier shared a post on social media expressing her relief and thanking God. “Justice has been served,” she added.
“When I look at George Floyd, I look at my dad, my brothers, my cousins, my uncles, because they are all Black,” Frazier said from the witness stand. “I look at how that could have been one of them.”