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Teen who filmed George Floyd death says he was “begging for his life”

Darnella Frazier took the stand on the second day of Chauvin’s trial.

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Darnella Frazier, the teen who recorded the viral video of George Floyd’s horrific death, took the stand at Derek Chauvin’s trial to recall Floyd’s final moments.

Frazier said she was on her way to a convenience store with her nine-year-old cousin when she noticed “a man terrified, scared, begging for his life.” She left the little girl in the store and walked out to document Floyd’s arrest because “it wasn’t right. He was suffering, he was in pain.”

As witnessed in the horrific video of Floyd’s death, Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Frazier added that bystanders asked him to check the late man’s pulse, but their pleas were ignored.

“He actually was kneeling harder,” she said. ”He was shoving his knee in his neck.”

In regards to the crowd of onlookers, Frazier said that the group that formed around Floyd was not unruly or violent. She claimed that acts of violence were only practiced by Chauvin and Officer Tou Thao — the cop who stood between Chauvin and the crowd — and expressed her confusion with the officers’ decision to pull out their Mace.

“I didn’t understand why the Mace was even needed at all,” she said. The teen later confirmed that witnesses to the death got louder over time, explaining, “What we seen is how we reacted...The video speaks for itself.”

On Monday (March 29), attorney Eric Nelson previously blamed the crowd for distracting responding cops from “the care of Mr. Floyd.”

“There are people across the street, there are cars stopping, people yelling,” Chauvin’s lawyer said at the time. “There is a growing crowd, what officers perceive to be a threat. They’re called names. I heard them this morning: ‘fucking bum.’ They’re screaming at him causing the officers to divert their attention from the care of Mr. Floyd to the threat that was growing in front of them.”

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