The teenage girl who filmed George Floyd’s death has been forced to flee her home over cruel online abuse.
17-year-old Darnella Frazier, had in May, filmed the gruesome death of the Minneapolis man after he was kneeled on the neck by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. However, the teenager was reported to have come under online backlash which left her traumatized. According to an interview granted to TMZ, the teen stated having received criticism for what her critics felt was filming without intervention as the police officers held.
Nationwide unrest had erupted after the May killing, igniting protests across cities that The U.S. Sun said: “look to address racism and police brutality in America”. Reports state that protests had also occurred across the globe. Frazier’s neighborhood became a flashpoint for protests. Buildings, including the Minneapolis Third Precinct police station, were set ablaze, and shops were reported to have been burgled. Over days, a media frenzy followed the teenager.
Frazier who, according to her attorney Seth B. Cobin, fled―with her family―her South Minneapolis home (just around the corner from where Floyd was killed) to an undisclosed location without police assistance, took to her Facebook page to state why she never got involved with the police officers during Floyd’s death.
“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 wrote. “I don’t give 2 f**ks about what y’all would’ve did because was y’all there?? NO. Fighting would’ve got someone else killed or in the same position George (may he rest in peace 🙏🏽❤️) was in!”
It should be noted that in the 8-minute video, Chauvin had made a gesture as if to pull his gun at passers-by who at a point seemed to have tried to intervene. Crediting her video for the termination of the arresting officers, Frazier added:
“If it wasn’t for me 4 cops would’ve still had their jobs, causing other problems. My video went worldwide 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. Anyone with something negative to say pls block me. I’m not forcing you to watch me.”
Her mother recounted that Frazier, with her 9-year-old cousin, was out to get something from a store when she witnessed the situation.
“As they approached the store, Darnella saw this chaos going on and the police extracting somebody from a vehicle,” Cobin added. “She got up closer, saw what was happening, pulled out her phone and started recording. This happened in the presence of a group of people, including Darnella and her cousin.”
In an interview granted to NowThis, Frazier recounted the incident, saying it was traumatizing for her to have witnessed Floyd’s death.
“I watched this man die. I was the one that was recording the whole thing. I’ve seen him die,” she said. “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. …It’s so sad, bro,” she added. “They killed this man. And I was right there, I was like 5 feet away. It’s so traumatizing.”
Reports said Frazier and her mother had met with the FBI Civil Rights Division and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to give them her statement. She has since been reported, by TMZ, to have started seeing a therapist who specializes in trauma.
A GoFundMe campaign for Frazier raised more than $78,000 in donations over a three day period.
(By: Ejiofor Ekene Maduabuchi)
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