The teen who shot the viral video of death of George Floyd said she regretted not being able to save his life during the trial of the white police officer accused of murdering the 46-year-old Black man on Tuesday.
Darnella Frazier, 18, was one of the emotional witnesses at the high-profile trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Tuesday.
Chauvin, 44, is convicted of murder and manslaughter for his part in Floyd’s demise on May 25, 2020, which was caught on camera by Frazier and broadcast to millions around the world, triggering anti-racism demonstrations.
In the video, Chauvin is seen grinding on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes as Floyd, who is handcuffed, cries about not being able to breathe and finally passes out.
“I have a Black father. I have a Black brother. That could have been one of them.Frazier said in the court with tears running down her face.
“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.
At the same time, “it’s not what I should have done, it’s what he should have done,” Frazier added, pointing to Chauvin. He was seated at the defense table.
Frazier remembered Floyd as “scared”, “terrified” and “begging for his life.”
“It wasn’t right. He was suffering. He was in pain,” she said. “I knew it was wrong. We all knew it was wrong.”
On Tuesday, another witness said he called 911 immediately after witnessing Floyd’s death to report a “murder.”
Donald Williams, 33, described pleading with officers on the scene to support Floyd, who was being held for allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 bill.
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Floyd was already in “threat” when Williams arrived on the scene, according to Williams, a mixed martial arts instructor.
“You could see that he was trying to gasp for air, trying to breathe,” he said. “You could see his eyes slowly rolling back in his head.”
“I believed I witnessed a murder,” Williams told the court. “I didn’t know what else to do.”
Portions of his 911 call were played in the courtroom.
“He just went and killed this guy,” Williams said in the call. “Murderers, bro… they just killed that man in front of the store.”
Asked who he was referring to, Williams said “the officer sitting over there” and pointed to Chauvin.
“Did you see Mr. Floyd fighting back?” prosecutor Matthew Frank asked.
“No,” Williams said.