Girl, 17, who shot the George Floyd video that sparked worldwide protests, says she wasn’t trying to be a hero

Darnella Frazier, left, chatted with school resource officer Drea Leal at Minneapolis Roosevelt High School in January 2019

The teenager who filmed the infamous bystander video of George Floyd has spoken out through her attorney to say she never intended to be a hero, and had no idea of the impact the video would have around the world.

According to the daily mail, Darnella Frazier, 17, was walking her nine-year-old cousin to get a snack at Cup Foods in Minneapolis on Memorial Day when she saw four officers pulling a black man from inside a vehicle.

‘She had no idea she would witness and document one of the most important and high-profile police murders in American history,’ Darnella’s attorney, Seth Cobin, told the Star-Tribune.

‘If it wasn’t for her bravery, presence of mind, and steady hand, and her willingness to post the video on Facebook and share her trauma with the world, all four of those police officers would still be on the streets, possibly terrorizing other members of the community.’

At the time, Darnella had no idea that her cell phone video would capture the action’s leading up to Floyd’s death, images that have sparked worldwide protests and upended cities.

Cobin said Darnella wasn’t looking to be a hero but is ‘just a 17-year-old high school student, with a boyfriend and a job at the mall, who did the right thing. She’s the Rosa Parks of her generation.’

Darnella has only publicly spoken once in the aftermath of Floyd’s death, giving a brief comment to the Star-Tribune.

‘The world needed to see what I was seeing,’ she said at the time. ‘Stuff like this happens in silence too many times.’

Corbin said that she didn’t think twice before recording the incident when she saw the encounter between the police and Floyd.

‘Because police brutality is so common in that neighborhood, and the officers rarely face consequences, she pulled out her iPhone and started recording,’ he said.

Darnella attorney said she wasn’t looking to be a hero but is ‘just a 17-year-old high school student, with a boyfriend and a job at the mall, who did the right thing’ Darnella is ‘doing well in terms of her outlook and attitude,’ her lawyer said.

Officer Derek Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder after Darnella’s video raised an outcry about Floyd’s death, Darnella is ‘doing well in terms of her outlook and attitude,’ said Cobin, who is based in Minneapolis. ‘She’s staying positive and avoiding the drama on social media.’

Cobin said Darnella ‘hasn’t received threats or anything like that’ but acknowledged she’s been the target of ‘trash talking and shade’ on social media since May 25.

Cobin verified the legitimacy of a GoFundMe page that was established by two women who previously had no connection to Darnella.

‘In addition to the trauma of watching a black man be murdered by police, she has had to deal with trolls, bullies and ignorant people harassing her online,’ they wrote on the fundraising page, which has raised more than $500,000.

‘It took unbelievable courage for her to stand there and bear witness to such an awful tragedy.’


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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.