Darnella Frazier, the teen who filmed the murder of George Floyd, said Tuesday her uncle was killed in a crash involving a police squad car in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis police said in a statement that a police vehicle was chasing after a carjacking and robbery suspect after midnight Tuesday when the police vehicle collided with another car which was not being pursued by the police. The driver in that car died shortly after arriving at the hospital, police said.
Minneapolis police have not disclosed the identity of the man who was killed, however, Frazier said the victim is her uncle named Leneal Lamont Frazier.
“MINNEAPOLIS police Killed my uncle. … Another Black man lost his life in the hands of the police!” she wrote on Facebook. “Minneapolis police [have] cost my whole family a big loss … today has been a day full of heartbreak and sadness.”
“We went to the spot he was killed at and put beautiful flowers and candles, but even thats not enough to bring him back,” she said. “It’s not fair how the police can just go around killing people…WHY ARE YOU DOING A HIGH SPEED CHASE ON A RESIDENTIAL RODE??? you took an innocent life trying to catch someone else… I don’t know how to feel.”
The police officer in the crash was treated and released from a local hospital. The Minnesota State Patrol said it is investigating the incident.
Frazier in May 2020 filmed the whole process of Floyd’s arrest and how he was pinned to the ground at the neck by ex-officer Derek Chauvin’s knee. Then 17, her video inspired a global outrage against the killing of Floyd in the streets of Minnesota.
She was awarded a Pulitzer Prize special citation for her video.