Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Teen who recorded Floyd's arrest loses uncle in police crash

 The teenager who recorded the last moments of George Floyd's life a video that helped launch a global protest movement against racial injustice said her uncle has died in a crash involving a Minneapolis police car.


Darnella Frazier said in a fecebook post that Leneal Lamont Frazier died early tuesday after his vehicle was struck by the squad car that police said was pursuing another driver linked to several robberies.

Frazier was not involved in the pursuit and his niece questioned why police were conducting a high-speed chase on a residential road.

According to police, the squad car and two other vehicles collided about 12:30 a.m. after the suspect fled from a traffic stop. The driver of one of the other vehicles was taken to North Memorial Health in Robbinsdale, where he later died. The officer involved in the crash was treated at a hospital.

As of Wednesday morning, police and the medical examiner’s office hadn’t released the name of the man who died.

The officer was pursuing a driver who was in a vehicle linked to a carjacking and to robberies at a number of businesses, said Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder. The suspect remained at large, Elder said.

Darnell Frazier was 17 when she recorded the arrest of floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, on May 25, 2020. Former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, who held his knee to Floyd's neck as Floyd was handcuffed and face down on the street, was convicted and sentenced to 221/2 years in prison. The three other former officers who were at the scene are due to stand trial in March. All four also face federal civil rights charges

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