Darnella Frazier was only 17-years-old when she saw Derek Chauvin in broad daylight murdering George Floyd. Young Darnella instantly thought about what she could do; she took out her cellphone and began recording. Darnella was going to Cup Of Foods with her young cousin to get snacks when she saw police officers kneeling on the back and neck of a man who was already handcuffed and was on the ground.
Ironically, that man was arrested for having supposedly passed a fake $20 bill at the same cup-of foods convenience store.
Young Darnella did not know the impact the video she recorded that fateful day and uploaded to Facebook would have in bringing some semblance of justice to another iteration of police murder, that previously wouldn’t even be investigated.
But it was impactful.
Darnella was one of 18 prosecution witnesses who testified at the trial of now-convicted killer cop Derek Chauvin.
Ms. Frazier is 18 now, she wept uncontrollably as she testified at the trial of Derek Chauvin, traumatized, “I regret not physically engaging the four officers at the scene, but they were the ones ultimately at fault.”
“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,” Darnella testified through her tears.
If ever there was an image that summed up the African-American experience at the hands of white people, this has got to be it.
Nevertheless, all is not lost; the young off-duty firefighter who testified that she wanted to help the dying man but was prevented from doing so.…..she is white. Several members of the jury that delivered the decisive verdict that will send Derek Chauvin to prison, they too are white.
The defense attorney for Dereck Chauvin posited to the jury a phalanx of lies and racist tropes, but in the end, they just believed what they saw with their eyes, as the prosecutors asked them to.
The murder was one of the most shocking things that I have ever witnessed in my lifetime, and I imagine it will be for most of all who have witnessed it.
After the Republicans lost the Presidential elections in 2020, Donald Trump incited his minions to storm the capitol building. They did so, intending to kill the Speaker of the House and his own vice president, Mike Pence.
But that was not all they did; in Georgia, they immediately passed a draconian anti-voting law that even criminalizes anyone offering a drink of water to a potential voter standing in line.
The law also ensures that the infrastructure that expedites voting be dismantled in African-American communities, effectively ensuring that African-Americans will be forced to stand in line exponentially longer without anyone being able to give them a drink of water lawfully.
It is a despicable and reprehensible law that shows the evil, degenerative mentality of its subhuman sponsors.
Thank you, Justice John Roberts; your lifelong campaign to undo the voting Rights act has truly paid off for you; you must be proud.
And oh, Justice Roberts, you knew exactly what would happen in 2013 when you voted with your Republican cronies on the court to strike down section 4 (b) of the 1965 Voting Rights Act for absolutely no reason.
I fear that in the same way that Republicans are working feverishly against voting rights, they will now begin to criminalize photographing police crimes.
Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, black achiever honoree, and creator of the blog mikebeckles.com.