Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Darnella Frazier, the teenager who recorded the video that went around the world — depicting the fatal last minutes of George Floyd’s restraint by Minneapolis police — gave a very moving testimony at former officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial this morning. I couldn’t understand why defense lawyer Eric Nelson questioned her at all, other than perhaps to thank her for coming to court. It’s the video that hurts Chauvin, not the kid who recorded it. And there’s rarely an upside in asking pointed questions to a young, nervous, highly sympathetic witness.