The Pulitzer Prize-winning teenager who filmed George Floyd’s murder has said her uncle was killed by Minneapolis police.
Darnella Frazier said innocent passer-by Leneal Lamont Frazier died when his car was hit by cops chasing another vehicle.
She wrote on Facebook: “Honestly, I can’t believe I’m doing this post right now… I’m so hurt… nothing feels real.
“I woke up to the most horrible news. The MINNEAPOLIS police killed my uncle. MY uncle… Another black man lost his life at the hands of the police!
“I’m still in shock and it hasn’t completely affected me yet, I burst into tears.
»WHY ARE YOU HUNTING AT HIGH SPEED ON A RESIDENTIAL RODE? [sic]??? “
Leneal’s car was hit by a police car in the early hours of Tuesday as he was driving to his girlfriend’s house, his family said.
Police were chasing a suspect suspected of having participated in the hijacking.
They collided with Frazier’s car during the chase. Frazier died in hospital; the officer sustained minor injuries.
The suspect is still at large, reports the Star Tribune.
Police spokesman John Elder said an investigation into the crash has been opened.
He added: “An officer observed the suspect vehicle in this area, tried to pull it and the vehicle, instead of stopping, fled. “
A GoFundMe for the Frazier family had raised more than $ 6,000 by Wednesday morning.
It reads: “The person the police were chasing ran away and Laneal, who was driving another car, was killed.
“Leneal was a family oriented person with a good heart, the biggest heart a person could have. He would help anyone, anytime, no matter what. He was the father of 6 children and 1 grandchild. “
Leneal’s daughter, Lanesha Frazier, told Fox9: “I’m really in mourning because all these cops here aren’t watching what they’re doing.
“They have to watch what they’re doing, innocent people here being hurt. “
Darnella Frazier last month received a Pulitzer to highlight “the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice”.
At the time she filmed Floyd’s murder, she was only 17 years old.
Millions of people would see the video, and Frazier, now 18, testified at Derek Chauvin’s trial.
“It’s been nights that I stayed up to apologize and apologize to George Floyd for not doing more and not interacting physically and not having saved his life,” she said in front of the court, according to the New York Times.
Referring to Chauvin, she added, “But it’s like, it’s not what I should have done, it’s what he should have done. “
Frazier cried as he gave his testimony, which was recorded off-camera due to his age.
“When I look at George Floyd, I look at my father, I look at my brothers, I look at my cousins, my uncles, because they are all black,” she said in court.
“I have a black father. I have a black brother. I have black friends.
“I watch how it could have been one of them. “
Frazier said she was about to buy food with her 9-year-old cousin when they met the scene with Chauvin and Floyd.
She recorded the incident on her cell phone as she and other passers-by pleaded with them to leave Floyd, who repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe.
“I see a man on the ground and I see a cop kneel on top of him,” she said in court, according to the Times.
She said Floyd was “terrified, scared, begging for his life”.
Chauvin – the officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds – was later convicted of murder.
Floyd’s aunt praised Frazier, calling the footage she recorded a “major breaking point.”
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Pulitzer Prize-winning teenager Darnella Frazier who filmed George Floyd’s murder claims her uncle was ‘killed’ by Minneapolis police – Reuters