After capturing the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis State Police on video, 17-year-old Darnella Frazier shared that she is traumatized. The teen was covered by NowThis when she visited the scene of the murder the next day where she is seen emotionally distraught.
“I’ve seen him die. I posted the video last night and it just went viral. And everybody’s asking me how do I feel? I don’t know how to feel. ‘Cause it’s so sad bro,” said Darnella while lamenting. “This man was literally right here 8 pm yesterday.”
Darnella was making a store run with her cousin when she saw George Floyd on the ground. She immediately pulled out her phone and started to record. She saw Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck and heard Floyd yell Chauvin he could not breathe. Frazier said Chauvin and the accompanying officers did not show any concern. She labeled the experience as being traumatizing.
“He’s like, ‘Please I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.’ And they did not care. They killed this man,” she said. “And I was right there! I was like 5 feet away! It is so traumatizing.”
Since the NowThis report, Darnella has faced some controversy as some assumed the teen is seeking attention in light of George Floyd’s death. In a Facebook post, she wrote a response to such naysayers and suggested they show appreciation instead of bashing her.
“I’m doing it for clout ?? For attention?? What ?? To get paid ?? Now y’all just sound dumb and ignorant!! I don’t expect anyone who wasn’t placed in my position to understand why and how I feel the way that I do !! MIND YOU I am a minor ! 17 years old , of course I’m not about to fight off a cop I’m SCARED wtf.”
She continued, “If it wasn’t for me 4 cops would’ve still had their jobs , causing other problems. My video went world wide for everyone to see and know !! His family was reached out to! The police most definitely would’ve swept it under the rug with a cover up story. Instead of bashing me , THANK ME! Because that could’ve been one of your loved ones and you would want to see the truth as well.”
Darnella’s mother told TMZ her daughter suffers from social anxiety, suggesting how the experience may overwhelm her. She believes Darnella was at the right place at the right time for the sake of capturing George Floyd’s murder.