Teen who recorded George Floyd video is getting therapy for trauma
By PETER SBLENDORIO
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
JUN 02, 2020 | 10:42 AM
Darnella Frazier, the teenage girl who recorded footage showing the moments leading up to George Floyd’s death, has been receiving therapy for trauma, her lawyer said.
“I know she is doing very well under the circumstances and she seems to be really very positive, and that’s encouraging,” lawyer Seth B. Cobin told the Daily News. “I suspect talking to the therapist is probably very helpful, just being able to get this story out and not keep it bottled up inside.”
Floyd, an African-American man, died May 25 in Minneapolis after an arresting officer knelt on his neck while he was handcuffed. Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was charged last Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, with a criminal complaint accusing him of kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes.
An autopsy by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner and an independent autopsy both determined Floyd’s cause of death was a homicide.
The video recorded by Frazier, which shows Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck, was met with widespread outrage.
Chauvin and three other Minneapolis cops have since been fired.
Frazier, 17, spoke with officials from the FBI’s Civil Rights Division and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Saturday to provide a witness statement.
The teenager and her family have decided not to stay at the their home, which is located near the site of the incident.
Frazier addressed the online critics accusing her of not doing enough to help Floyd in a Facebook post last week.
“Fighting would’ve got someone else killed or in the same position George (may he Rest In Peace) was in!” her post reads. “If it wasn’t for me 4 cops would’ve still had their jobs, causing other problems. My video went world wide for everyone to see and know!!”