The teenager who filmed George Floyd’s murder said her uncle was killed in a collision with police, CBS News affiliate WCCO reported on Wednesday.
In a statement, Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder said that on Tuesday morning, an officer was pursuing a suspect of auto theft and theft, which led the officer to crash into a nearby driver. . The suspect then fled.
“As the officer entered the intersection heading north on Lyndale Avenue at 41st North Avenue, he collided with a westbound vehicle. A southbound vehicle was also involved in the crash, ”Elder said in the statement.
Elder added that the officer was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment “for serious but not life threatening injuries.” The driver died of his injuries while on his way to hospital, the statement said.
Family members have confirmed to the CBS News affiliate that the victim is Leneal Frazier, the uncle of Darnella Frazier, the teenager who filmed Floyd’s death last May.
“Honestly, I can’t believe I’m doing this post right now… I’m so hurt… nothing feels real. I woke up to the most horrible news. The MINNEAPOLIS police killed my uncle MY uncle … Another black man lost his life at the hands of the police ”, Frazier said in a Facebook statement.
“I asked my mother several times” is he dead ?? ” “. I couldn’t accept what I was hearing and still can’t. Some things take a long time to process. I’m still in shock and it hasn’t completely touched me yet, I burst into tears hoping it was a dream … but it’s not and it’s reality ”Said Frazier.
Darnella Frazier gained international media attention in the summer of 2020 after filming former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. The video shocked the world, sparking mass protests across the globe and reigniting an ongoing conservation against police brutality and social injustice in the United States
The video led to Chauvin being convicted of all charges in Floyd’s April murder and he was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison two months later. Frazier received a Pulitzer Prize in June for filming Floyd’s death.
Frazier also shared his my uncle’s GoFundMe page in the Facebook post, according to WCCO.
Elder said the Minneapolis State Portal (MSP) would rebuild and investigate the crash, the statement said.