tv The Last Word With Lawrence O Donnell MSNBC April 20, 2021 10:00pm-11:00pm PDT
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all >> good evening rachel, as it was proven again today there is no drama in the world quite like the return of a jury verdict. the suspense is always totaled and there is no pulling, there is no hint, they don't give signals. the only indication we had was the relative speed of the verdict on something this complex with no questions to the judge at all. it certainly gave people the belief that there is going to be at least one guilty coming out of this, if not all three. but when that moment comes there is nothing like it. >> yeah. and the interesting thing about the coverage of this trial, with covid restrictions, the public -- and the price being restricted from being in the room and so being cameras there but that not being the usual means of business in that sort of courtrooms or not showing the jury but allowing us to hear their words as they were pulled from the judge, the -- preserving the anonymity of the
jury, the unusual way that we were able to access it in realtime in that moment because of covid allows for the cameras to be there, it was just so unique and like you said, there's no drama quite like that, i felt like i didn't take a breath for a very long time watching it. >> and what is so fascinating about what you just said is when you remove all of those visual elements from the trial that we were not allowed to see, never allowed to see jurors, it didn't suffer. the flawless radio play with all the drama, the sound alone could give us everything and it was as dramatic as any courtroom scene i've ever witnessed while being in the actual courtroom. >> yeah. absolutely right. and there's an ongoing debate about whether or not cameras in the courtroom affects jurisprudence, whether they advantage one side or the other or degrade the quality of the judicial process in any way. the supreme court for instance
has never allowed cameras inside, most of them vote that will never happen, but we've seen needs must, we've seen necessity being a mother of invention in terms of way to responsibly have cameras in the courtroom because of covid. and the high-profile nature of this trial and the way that they were able to handle that right to the very end today preserving the anonymity of the jury and the anonymity of the witnesses who were minors. i think it will cost people to rethink whether or not a can be done in a way that opens the process to the public without hearing the trial process. >> yes, this is the perfect example of it. and you know rachel, i was watching our coverage this evening and joy reed height her hour and i felt that's not enough for joy, she has years of things to say about this and so i've asked her to come on and join our discussion in this hour because i for one want to
hear more from her. and we have the governor of minnesota tim walz joining us tonight in this hour, and so that is how we will begin our coverage. >> get to at my front. thank you, lawrence. >> thank you, rachel. in the end, it came down to 12 people. about the same number of people who watch police officer derek chauvin murder george floyd on 38 treat in minneapolis. 12 people who had the same reaction that the people on the street had when they were watching george floyd die. 12 people, randomly assembled by the state of minnesota, a state sharply divided in the last presidential election when it seemed impossible to get 12 people in that state or 12 people anywhere in this country to agree, unanimously, on anything. 12 reasonable people, 12 people who took an oath, evaluated evidence together, including
the video of george floyd's death recorded by 17 year old, darnella frazier and then, quickly, agreed, unanimously, to speak with one voice in the pronouncement of one word, three times, guilty, guilty, guilty. >> verdict count one, court found number 27 cer to zero, one two six four six, with the jury in the above matter as to count one, unintentional second degree murder while committing a felony find the defendant guilty, the verdict agreed to the 20th april at 1:44 pm, sign juror for, juror 19. same caption verdict count to, we the jury as to count to, third degree murder perpetuating a dangerous act find a defendant guilty, this verdict agreed to the 20th day
of april 2021 at 1:45 pm. signed by jury foreperson, juror 19. same caption for the come free, we the jury the above matter second degree manslaughter, providing an unjustifiable risk, find a defendant guilty. jerry foreperson zero one nine. >> in the closing arguments one of the prosecutors left the jury with the words they clearly followed in their deliberations. you can't believe your eyes. >> you can believe your eyes. it is exactly what you believed, it is exactly what you saw with your eyes, it is exactly what you knew, it's what you felt in your gut, it's what you now know in your heart. this wasn't policing, this was
murder. the defendant is guilty of all three counts. all of them. and there is no excuse. thank you. >> after the verdict was announced and the cheers were filling the air outside of the courthouse, there was one piece of business left in the courtroom, in a courtroom where video of george floyd being handcuff was played countless times a prisoner had to be handcuffed on live television and taken into custody. derek chauvin will be sentenced in eight weeks, he is facing possibly more than 40 years in prison. >> there is a motion on behalf of the state? >> we would move to have the court remove his bail pending sentence. and >> bell is revoked, bond is discharged and the defendant is
to remain in the custody of the district. thank you. we are adjourned. >> after the verdict, president biden and vice president harris spoke by phone to george floyd's family, and then, said this. >> today's verdict is a step forward, i just spoke with the governor of minnesota he thanked me for the close work with his team, and also spoke with george floyd's family again. a remarkable family of extraordinary courage, nothing
can ever bring their brother, their father back. but, this can be a giant step forward in the march towards justice in america. >> here's the truth about racial injustice, it is not just a black america problem or a people of color problem. it is a problem for every american. it is keeping us from fulfilling the promise of liberty and justice for all. >> minnesota governor tim walz, said this. >> police officer derek chauvin was found guilty of murder of george floyd and was taken away in sentencing will soon follow. it is an important step towards justice for minnesota. the trial is over, but here in minnesota i want to be very clear, we know our work just begins. this is the floor, not the
ceiling of where we need to get to. >> leading off our discussion tonight minnesota government tim walz. governor thank you very much for joining us on this very important night and a historic night for your state. what can you tell us about your phone conversation with president biden today? >> good evening, lawrence. i think all of us know president biden's compassion and basic human decency, certainly needed that, and i think the two of us speaking in the minutes after the verdict was read -- i don't know if relief is that, but i could hear in president biden's voice a hopefulness that we got something that i think, as the prosecution said, we all saw, we all knew in our heart, and i think president biden, just like i've been talking about, as the floyd family pain was laid bare to the world to see, so with minnesota's pain and our failings. but we know we can do better. we know we can do better and just listening to the point
that this isn't about black minnesotans, this is about people of minnesota. that conversation helped meet, the president team has been working side by side with us, having those conversations with them and now the work does begin. >> you said that today. you said we nor were just begins. what is next in that work? >> i think one of the things is that there isn't a knowledge man, minnesota's an extraordinary state, we contribute a lot and i told people that we rank at the very top in quality of life, life expectancy, income, educational, but when you desegregate that, there is not just a little back we go from first to 50th if you are black. that work begins by naming that and making sure that our education inequities are addressed, we have a plan called due north education plan, if we're gonna follow that north star we need to get that right, and it starts with some of those things, but we have to
take away the risk. we cannot have black youths -- we saw it again, almost unimaginably to watch daunte wright die week ago, we have to make changes in our legislature -- we need to make sure that you don't ever traffic stop, you need to make sure there's more mental health counselors. we can't let these things said and not move, and i think that is the work that needs to happen. we need to bring up all of those things, because it did not start with the inequities, it starts when they're born and we have the capacity here. we are a wealthy state with resources and the commitment of folks -- it's just insidious, people don't see it and it's right in front of us. i think that is the work that needs to happen. >> let's listen to some of what your state attorney general who was in charge of this prosecution said today. >> i would not call today's
verdict justice however, because justice implies true restoration but it is accountability. that is the first step towards justice. we need true justice, that is not one case, that is a social transformation that says that nobody is beneath the law and nobody is above it. this verdict reminds us that we must make injuring, systemic, societal changes. >> but can you do in conjunction with the attorney general on this? >> first of all i would like to think the attorney general, i think the country in the world saw the team that he assembled, just the talent that is there. i have the privilege of serving in congress with them, and i think he is calling us on for that that we need to pass this legislation that they've been moved, our house of representatives in minnesota they are a lot of folks in
their, the people of color, the indigenous caucus has a set of things that they want to see in a bill around police reform, that needs to pass. we have an opportunity with the american rescue plan to make investments in our schools, especially communities of colors, health care disparities, i think that is what he's talking about, and just changing that. again, we can do this. we have the ability to do it. it is that societal change that makes it that i think, there are a lot of minnesotans, lawrence, in the country this sense of dread that you have been feeling, the sense of we can't have occupying large number of police on our streets all the time, that is the feeling that black parents have when they send their kids to soccer practice. and i think maybe it is starting to dawn on some folks that unless this is taking up now, we're gonna be right back here again, and i think there's anybody in the state or across the country who wants to and back here again. so i'm committed now, i think this gives us the momentum to
move these things. i hope we see that in the united states congress, to move some of the pieces of legislations that are there, that's what has to happen in just to be candid with you, we can't be denying the right to vote to black communities when they are saying thank god we're able to vote for somebody like keith ellison to be attorney general, those are the things are bringing real change. we have work to do. >> governor, for you, personally, what has been the most -- the biggest part of the learning experience for you on the subject in the last year? >> well, it's listening to that. i fully admit being a middle aged white guy who grew up in middle america in the county town of 300. i knew everyone, trying to understand other communities. i started my teaching career, started to teach fourth grade for a little. while trying to understand and hear these communities. it's really challenging in a place like minnesota where you see wealth, you see some
success around, and why you are leaving felt behind. for me, i come from a classroom. i'm a classroom teacher. just seeing how we set those expectations and we put things in to play that set the destiny of these children long before the end up at 38 in chicago under the knee of a police officer. i think for me, is to continue to listen, and this has been challenging on me, lawrence. i have to say, trying to make sure we don't see our cities burn, it's that catch 22. the more police are, the more attention it is. the more attention it, is more chance yet to get. things this idea of getting away from a false narrative, it's not about defunding the police, it's about having communities safe in a way that works for them and has them apart of. it i think my job is going to be, and i don't expect it to be easy, is to try and draw back away from those divisions we have. like you see across the country, minnesota is divided and it's divided geographically.
racially. and we see the end of all of that is police in the streets, national guard in the, straits tensions, families ruined, and a city, state and country on edge. for, me it's making sure i'm hearing those communities and making sure we are willing. let's try something different. let's be bold. let's put things out there. let the communities show us the direction to go because they are ready. >> minnesota governor tim walsh. thank you very much for sharing your thoughts with us on this important night for you and your state. we really appreciate it. >> you are welcome. >> thank you, governor. thank you. turning our discussion to msnbc's the readout. i was watching at 7:00, you don't have enough time. you just weren't going to have enough time tonight. you have years of things that you need to say about this. i want to give you an open mic at this hour with your
reactions to this verdict today. >> well, thank, you lawrence, i appreciated. an embarrassment of riches of great guests that i let do all the talking at seven. you know, i think like everyone else, i've been holding my breath through this trial. i tend to be cynical about trials of police officers, i assume they always get off because the almost always do. i didn't start to even consider there could be a guilty verdict until towards the end of the trial. the prosecution so outclassed the defense attorney who did the usual tricks. the magical black man is going to leap from the dead because of the power of drugs he was on, and become a threat. all of the usual tropes about dangers blackmon. he tried everything. you never know, right you can never tell jurors. once the jury came back quickly, and talking with a lot of police friends and prosecutor
friends who all said if they come back within a couple of days, it's probably a guilty verdict. when it was ten, 11 hours, i was like, ok, it'll be guilty, and as would happen. tonight, having had a few hours to think about it, i have two teenagers in my head tonight, lawrence. darnella frazier, and mckee have brined. they aren't that far apart in age, darnella being a teenage girl who is the reason why there was a trial at all. you have talked about her a lot on this show, she was brave enough to take in the trauma of watching amanda in front of her and filament. she's the region george floyd went from being wet minneapolis police claim was someone who died of a medical incident, you know, in casual context of police. the even lied about it. to being somebody who really could change the world, as is
daughter said. and the 15 year old who is dead tonight on the same night we got this verdict, that is such a relief to so many people, she called the police because there was an incident taking place at her foster home, and now she's dead. police shot her in the chest and killed her. so, i'm half relieved. i'm partly exhausted emotionally. and i'm not sure where this gets us long term, because police are still police, and they are still doing the same thing. lice are>> i'm glad you mentiond darnell afrasia, and more to say about her at the end of the hour, and we are going to listen to some of her testimony at the end of this hour tonight and let her get the last word that way. let's listen to some of joe biden's phone call today with the family. >> we've been watching every second of this, the vice president, and we are also
relieved. not just one verdict but all three, guilty on all three accounts. and it's really important. i'm anxious to see you guys, i really am. we are going to get a lot more done. we're going to get, we're going to do a lot. we are going to stay at it until we get it done. >> hopefully this is the momentum for the george floyd justice and policing act to get past and have you sign. >> you've got a, pal, that and a lot more. not just that, a lot more. >> thank you, mister president. >> this gives us a shot i dealing with genuine systemic racism. >> joy, it was your reaction to that presidential phone call? >> you know, think ahead we have a warm blooded human being as president in this moment. i can't imagine with this night would have been like the previous president in office, to be honest with you. the best joe biden is
empathetic joe biden. and he's a real person. he's talked to the family more than once, he spoken to them multiple times since he's become president. he actually is a decent man, and i think it was very kind of him to reach out to the family, for him to make a statement tonight, i think it was important. it was more like when we had present obama, someone who can empathize as a human being with people who are feeling lost. joe biden does that in such a unique and profound way. it's ironic, i think, for a lot of people, joe biden wasn't their first choice. now, looking back on, that he feels like the only possible choice in this moment in history. he's in the right place at the right time. >> joy reid, my friend, get some rest, we will see you tomorrow night at 7 pm on the readout. we know you will be sharing more of your thoughts on this than. thank you very much for joining us tonight, joy, really appreciate it. >> thank you so much, lawrence.
>> thank you. coming, up to former nypd detectives who have been with us throughout the coverage of this trial, will join us next with their reflections on how this verdict could change policing in america. that's next. tough. finding understanding doesn't have to be. together, we can create a kinder, more inclusive world for the millions of people on the autism spectrum. go to autismspeaks.org there are many reasons for waiting to visit your doctor right now. but if you're experiencing irregular heartbeat, heart racing, chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue or light-headedness, don't wait to contact your doctor. because these symptoms could be signs
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they were right. these community members, this bouquet of humanity, did again, and this trial, they performed simple yet profound acts of courage. they told the truth and they told the whole world the truth about what they saw. >> joining us, now kirk burkhalter, criminal law professor at new york law school where he's project director, and mark marq claxton. both former nypd police detectives. kirk burkhalter, let me start with you. this trial was unlike any we have seen before. this verdict came in quickly. that was a signal to all of us about what the verdict was going to be. what are your reflections on what we got in that courtroom today? >> what we saw in this courtroom today was the way this trial began and ended, and you touched on, it lawrence,
with the video, the unbeatable evidence that brave young woman darnell afrasia shot. that was evidence the defense could not overcome. that picture will be drilled into our minds will she stud next to her nine year old cousin who were a teacher that said love. that's something the defense can overcome. i think this outcome was to be expected. the other outcome of the trial that stays with me is something the governor, this didn't start with a police encounter, it started with when george floyd was born. this is what's so many people of color have to bear in this country. rather than it being the adult to be, all it's simply, hopefully, a beginning, and we have seen our elected officials taken it as such. the final thing i will state is the manner in which the minneapolis police department
stepped forward, starting with chief arradondo, and the other members of the police department. i will be left that image of those police officers stepping forward, and stating with the rest of the world saw. that this did not follow in any way, shape, or form, police protocol. so, those are some of the few takeaways i saw from today. ultimately, seeing derek chauvin being brought away in handcuffs. well, he will have the benefit of a life george floyd will never have. he wasn't led away in handcuffs on his belly. he was allowed to walk away. that's the one image that stays with me. >> we did see police officers take the stand against a member of their own police department, but what would have happened if darnell of frazier did not record that video? would the police story have been resisting arrest? something happened, maybe an
overdose of drugs and that's the end of it? >> i think most relevant lee as well would have happened had chief arradondo not set the tone early on, of course it was based on the videotape from darnella frazier, so i think that's hugely significant. something that he just touched on is the most impactful and significant image moving forward that will have a direct impact on police behavior, individual police behavior will be impacted by the image of derek chauvin, being read cuffed and walked into the back to be incarcerated, that is what spurs significant movement from in the vigil police officers in the direct behavior to the movement forward. and this could be the beginning of law enforcement's
enforcement acknowledging that were at the beginning of the ice age and unless they are prepared to evolve, they will become extinct. unless policing is prepared to move to more of a resort active model, they will be replaced and they have to be fully prepared to start walking back from what was the policing model of the 20th and the 19th century and to move more towards a public safety model. a holistic, comprehensive, public safety model, that respects and honors the sanctity of human life. >> mark, you just touched on the thing that we through have been watching these kinds of cases, studying them in civil trials, criminal trials for decades, have always been wondering, when is the moment, when one of these will have an impact on police behavior. i think the image that you just isolated derek chauvin in the
handcuffs, that is why i showed it, that is why should it at the beginning of this hour, because that image, more than anything i've ever seen in one of these cases, is a form of communication to police officers unlike anything we've ever seen before. mark and kirk burkhalter, it is impossible for me to thank you enough for your service, we really appreciate it. >> thank you, lawrence. >> thank you. congressional black caucus leader who was with george floyd's family yesterday will join us next. join us next are you one of the millions of americans who experience occasional bloating, gas or abdominal discomfort? taking align can help. align contains a quality probiotic to naturally help soothe digestive upsets 24/7. try align, the pros in digestive health. and join the align healthy gut team up and learn what millions of align users already know. how great a healthy gut can feel.
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we must not turn away. we can't turn away, we have a chance to begin to change trajectory's in this country. it is my hope and prayer on that we live up to the legacy. >> joining us now is joyce beatty, she is the chair of the congressional black caucus. i know you were in minneapolis yesterday with george floyd's family, where were you today when the verdict was read? >> today i was right outside the house floor, gathered with members of the congressional black caucus as we were in the rayburn room waiting. we know all too close and too much about justice delayed is justice denied, so while we were hopeful, until we heard the words, we just stood in silence, waiting to hear what we wanted to hear and that was
guilty, guilty and guilty. >> how did that feel in that room today? >> we were almost numb, we know that while this was justice, it is only the first step, as you know, this is the verdict and we still have to get through the sentencing. but it was a feeling of we could brief. when you watch that nine minutes, 29 seconds video of george floyd saying i can't breathe, it was today, for a moment, exhale. exhale, not only for black america, but for america. we could exhale for all of the advocates, the street fighters, the legislators, the people of minneapolis and of this great nation. but we still have to continue to be in the fight for justice. >> yesterday, you were with george floyd's family --
what did they tell you about what they have been experiencing so far through that trial as of yesterday? >> the family is amazing. they are very spiritual, they were very calm, they had been very prayerful, and i think that helps them get through. they were as concerned of the advocates and the legislators who were there as themselves. but what's for me was the most amazing, was i asked his young daughter gianna if i could just hold her hand, and say thank you to her for her courage, and you know what, lawrence. he leaned over as her uncle was holding her and she said thank you for being here. and i left her with the words of her own, that her daddy would change the world. and today, this verdict helps us begin to change the world. and we're certainly going to need it. i'm headed back home soon and
unfortunately at the time of the verdict, as 16 year old in my district was shot by the police and killed today. >> these stories are going to keep coming and are we learning anything through this trial and this process about how to deal with these stories? >> i think we are learning a lot. this sets a great example that we had police officers come forward and say that certainly this was not appropriate and yes this is what killed him. it was the knee on the neck. and i think when people see that there are consequences, that it will hopefully help fuss as we move forward with this great first step. but far too many lives have been taken, far too many names we are still calling out and it is great this verdict, but it does not bring back george floyd. it does not bring back breonna
taylor and so many other names, nationally and in my district with entrée, or as we look at casey goodson, and now with makhia bryant. so we still have to continue. we have to pass the george floyd justice and policing act, and we have to continue to be in this fight for justice, because too many lives have been lost and today, it is another indication that we are still having lives lost senselessly at the hands of police officers. >> congresswoman joyce beatty, thank you very much for joining us tonight. >> thank you. >> and coming up, jelani cobb, was there today outside the courthouse in minneapolis when the verdict was read, he will join us next along with eugene robinson. our bottles are made to be re-made.
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in particular, have been treated, throughout the course of our history, as less than human. black men, our fathers, and brothers, and sons, and uncles, and grandfathers, and friends, and neighbors. their lives must be valued, in our education system, in our health care system, in our housing system, in our economic system, in our criminal justice system. >> joining us now as eugene robertson and column is for the washington post. in the staff writer for the new yorker in professor of journalism at columbia university. both are msnbc political analysts. professor cob, you are there today, outside the courtroom, when the verdict was announced. what was that like?
>> there was a lot of tension beforehand, as there has been for the duration of this trial. people were very concerned about what the verdict would be. in when i was there there were maybe 400, 450 people who are out in a rally, and as soon as he said guilty, into the bull horn, this tremendous roar went up from the crowd. there were people who were crying, people who were hugging strangers, just like the social distancing prohibition, george floyd's girlfriend had been out there, there was a huge crowd of people. it was impossible to get close enough to hear what she was saying, it was like an emotional dam broke. and you just saw people releasing a motion, that has been pent-up since may 25th of
last year. >> eugene robinson i just want to give you an open mic opportunity to respond and react to this day. and from george floyd to the verdicts to what we just heard the vice president say in the president of the united states. >> lawrence, if you think about it, this crime, this murder, was amply documented on videotape. all nine minutes and 29 seconds of it. from various angles. it was there, we could see it. and so we shouldn't have to feel this enormous relief, and surprised that justice infect was done in this case. and this is so much about the history of these incidents, the histories of these killings, the history of these denials of justice, in the case of by police officers who killed
black man in question. and so, one has to hope that this is the beginning. one has to hope that this is certainly not the end. one hopes it's the beginning, and an illustration, that a police chief, can testify against one of his officers and say, he went too far. if this is a weakening, i won't say an end but a thin blue line of solidarity, that is a great thing for this system in this country. and in thing for racial justice. >> professor cobb, for me there's a bit of a pre-trump feeling about this today, because what happened was 12 reasonable people got together in reached unanimous agreement, relatively quickly on something, that involves some complexity of law, that they were not familiar with but immediately schooled themselves on. we have been living in an
environment where the concept of 12 randomly chosen americans, agreeing about anything unanimously, had come to seem impossible. >> sure. i mean the people we're keeping track of this, from a place at this trial is being held. what happened in the previous election year, the 10,000 foot analyses of how this might play out. i will caution to add though, the reason -- in the cases of egregious injustice, even long before donald trump came to office. but in the last point i will say is, to your point lawrence, i fully suspected that this might end as a hung jury. when people would ask me what i thought would happen, i just thought that the the forces of juries reluctance to convict
police officers, with an abundance of evidence, which is going to be a stalemate, and that's no i happened. >> right, guilty or hung, were the only two possibilities to me, watching that trial. hung just means one, it just means one refusing to vote guilty. eugene robertson, professor cobbe thank you both for joining us on this important night. we really appreciate it. >> thank you. >> coming up, the minneapolis police department lied to you in their first public report of what happened to george floyd. it's the kind of lie that american police departments have gotten away with, not dozens of times, not hundreds of times, but thousands, in thousands of times, in the history of policing in america, but they did not get away with it this time. thanks to a brave 17 year old girl. that's next. r ol girl that's next.
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police department told us on may 25th of last year, after george floyd died. on monday evening, shortly after 8 pm, officers from the minneapolis police department responded to this 3700 block of chicago avenue salt on a report of a forgery in progress. two officers arrived in located the suspect, a male believed to be in his forties, in his car. he was ordered to stop from his car after he got out, he physically resisted officers. officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. officers called for an ambulance. he was transported to hennepin county medical center by ambulance where he died a short time later. end of story. and of police story. that was it. that was the lie, they were going to get away with, that was the lie, the police officers involved in the killing of george floyd were going to get away with, no
police officer was going to contradict that story. not one of those cops on this scene was ever going to tell the truth about what happened to george floyd. never. but their story, fell apart, overnight. thanks to one person. darnella frazier, had been on this earth for less than half the time of derek chauvin's time on this earth. but as 17 years old, she knew how to do the right thing. darnella frazier aimed her phone and derek chauvin and george floyd, and held it and recorded every minute of what derek chauvin did to george floyd. even when derek chauvin threatened her with mace, she held her ground, and she kept recording, she then posted her video on facebook, and the police lied instantly began to crumble. >> probably close to midnight,
a community member had, contacted me. and said chief, almost verbatim, but said chief have you seen the video of your officer choking and killing that man at the 30th in chicago? and so once i heard, that statement, i knew it was in the same camera video that i had seen. eventually within minutes after that, i saw for the first time, what is now known as the video. >> darnella frazier change the police chief's mind about what happened on that street, in the next day derek chauvin was fired. she testified in the trial, and she said, she wished she did more. >> when i look at george floyd,
i look at, i look at my dad, i look at my brothers, i look at my cousins, my uncles, because they are all black, i have a black father, i have a black brother, i have black friends. and i look at that, and i look at how that could've been one of them. it's been nights, that i have stayed up, apologizing, and apologizing, to george floyd for not doing more. and not physically interacting, not saving his life. it's not what i should've done. it's way he should've done. >> all three of the other police officers on this scene, could have done more. each one of them. they could have intervened and knock derek chauvin off george floyd's neck. but they did not have darnella
fraziers courage. they did not have her sense of duty to the sanctity of another human being. derek chauvin is in jail tonight. awaiting his sentence that could leave him in prison for the rest of his life. and that happened because darnell of frazier pressed required on her phone. because she knew, something had to be done for george floyd and that was the only thing she could do. tonight, on her facebook page, where she posted her video of george floyd taking his last breath, darnella frazier wrote, i just cried so hard. this last hour, my heart was beating so fast. i was so anxious, anxiety buzzing through the roof, but to know guilty on all three charges, thank you god, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. george floyd, we did it. justice has been