Outside of taking the stand during the Derek Chauvin murder trial, Darnella Frazier, the Minneapolis teenager who recorded George Floyd's murder had not made any public comments about witnessing the crime.
But on the one-year anniversary of the May 25, 2020 police killing in south Minneapolis, the now-18-year-old woman issued a lengthy post to Facebook about the incident that she says changed her life.
"It changed me. It changed how I viewed life. It made me realize how dangerous it is to be Black in America. We shouldn’t have to walk on eggshells around police officers, the same people that are supposed to protect and serve," she wrote. "We are looked at as thugs, animals, and criminals, all because of the color of our skin. Why are Black people the only ones viewed this way when every race has some type of wrongdoing? None of us are to judge. We are all human."
She said witnessing the murder forced her to leave home because it was "no longer safe," in addition to waking up to reporters at her door, and seeing Floyd's face in her sleep to the point that she "used to shake so bad at night" her mother had to rock her to sleep.
"Hopping from hotel to hotel because we didn’t have a home and looking over our back every day in the process. Having panic and anxiety attacks every time I seen a police car, not knowing who to trust because a lot of people are evil with bad intentions," Frazier said.
Frazier said she doesn't consider herself a hero, instead choosing to believe that she was "in the right place at the right time."
"Even though this was a traumatic life-changing experience for me, I’m proud of myself. If it weren’t for my video, the world wouldn’t have known the truth. I own that. My video didn’t save George Floyd, but it put his murderer away and off the streets," Frazier said.