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Derek Chauvin Trial: Key Testimony From Those Who Witnessed George Floyd’s Final Moments

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Esme Murphy reports, Darnella Frazier, the young woman who recorded the viral video of the deadly arrest, was among those who took the stand on Tuesday (2:56) WCCO 4 News At 5 - March 30, 2021

Video Transcript

- Day two of the Derek Chauvin trial brought emotional testimony from people who witnessed George Floyd's final moments at 38th and Chicago. That includes Darnella Frazier, the young woman who recorded the viral video of the deadly arrest. The prosecution also called a teenage bystander, and we saw her video for the first time. The prosecution played it side by side with a surveillance video.

- And then someone said "he hasn't moved." And then, "in over a minute." Was that your voice, too?

ALYSSA FUNARI: Yes

- Why was that important for you, in terms of saying over a minute? Were you worried about the length of time that this was going on?

ALYSSA FUNARI: Yes, because I knew time was running out, or that it had already.

- What do you mean by "time was running out"?

ALYSSA FUNARI: That he was going to die.

- That was 18-year-old Alyssa Funari. She testified that at the time, she felt she was witnessing someone's death and was powerless to do anything about it. Esme Murphy has been monitoring the testimony, and she begins our live team coverage in Minneapolis.

ESME MURPHY: Donald Williams, a mixed martial arts fighter, testified he was so upset watching officer Derek Chauvin hold his knee on George Floyd's neck that he called 911.

DONALD WILLIAMS: I did call the police on the police.

- Right. And why did you do that?

DONALD WILLIAMS: Because I believe I witnessed a murder.

ESME MURPHY: Williams, at times, wiped away tears. Eric Nelson, Chauvin's defense attorney, tried to stress that Williams and other bystanders were intimidating and distracting Chauvin.

ERIC NELSON: You called him a bum at least 13 times.

DONALD WILLIAMS: That's what you counted in the video?

ERIC NELSON: That's what I counted.

DONALD WILLIAMS: Then that's what you got, 13.

ESME MURPHY: The next witness, Darnella Frazier, was not shown testifying because she was 17 at the time of the incident. She went to Cup Foods with her younger cousin that night and was so disturbed by what she saw that she recorded the nearly 10 minute video that went viral.

DARNELLA FRAZIER: I see a man on the ground-- and a man terrified, scared, begging for his life.

ESME MURPHY: She said, through tears, the incident has forever changed her.

DARNELLA FRAZIER: When I look at George Floyd, I look at my dad, I look at my brothers, because they are all Black.

ESME MURPHY: The memory keeps her up at night.

DARNELLA FRAZIER: I stayed up apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more.

ESME MURPHY: Also testifying this afternoon, in uniform, was Minneapolis firefighter Genevieve Hansen, who was also a witness. She took yet another video of the fatal encounter, and you can hear her arguing on that video that she took with Officer Chauvin and Thao that she wanted to take George Floyd's pulse. Also, this firefighter testified that afterwards, she even called 911, calling Minneapolis police on their own officers because she was so distressed by what she saw. We'll have much more on her testimony coming up at 6:00.

- Esme, we'll look forward to that. Thank you.