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Darnella Frazier, the teenager who recorded George Floyd’s murder, speaks out.


She added, “My video didn’t save George Floyd, but it put his murderer away and off the streets.”

And at the end of her post, she spoke directly to Mr. Floyd.

“George Floyd, I can’t express enough how I wish things could have went different, but I want you to know you will always be in my heart,” Ms. Frazier wrote. “I’ll always remember this day because of you. May your soul rest in peace. May you rest in the most beautiful roses.”

Here is her full statement:

A year ago, today I witnessed a murder. The victim’s name was George Floyd. Although this wasn’t the first time, I’ve seen a Black man get killed at the hands of the police, this is the first time I witnessed it happen in front of me.

Right in front of my eyes, a few feet away. I didn’t know this man from a can of paint, but I knew his life mattered. I knew that he was in pain. I knew that he was another Black man in danger with no power.

I was only 17 at the time, just a normal day for me walking my 9-year-old cousin to the corner store, not even prepared for what I was about to see, not even knowing my life was going to change on this exact day in those exact moments…it did. It changed me.

It changed how I viewed life. It made me realize how dangerous it is to be Black in America. We shouldn’t have to walk on eggshells around police officers, the same people that are supposed to protect and serve. We are looked at as thugs, animals, and criminals, all because of the color of our skin. Why are Black people the only ones viewed this way when every race has some type of wrongdoing? None of us are to judge. We are all human. I am 18 now and I still hold the weight and trauma of what I witnessed a year ago. It’s a little easier now, but I’m not who I used to be.

A part of my childhood was taken from me. My 9-year-old cousin who witnessed the same thing I did got apart of her childhood taken from her. Having to up and leave because my home was no longer safe, waking up to reporters at my door, closing my eyes at night only to see a man who is brown like me, lifeless on the ground.

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