Leneal Frazier, left, the uncle of Darnella Frazier, right, died on Tuesday morning after being involved in a crash with a Minneapolis State Police squad car (Picture: CBS)
The uncle of Darnella Frazier – who famously filmed George Floyd’s death – has died after being involved in a crash with a Minneapolis police car that was chasing someone else.
Innocent bystander Leneal Frazier was driving his car at around 12.30am on Tuesday, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when a state patrol car crashed into his.
Police say the officer was chasing after a carjacking and robbery suspect at the time of the crash, and managed to get away, after the cop car collided with Frazier’s, reports
On Facebook Darnella Frazier posted a statement calling the death of her uncle ‘the most horrible news’.
Darnella Frazier, whose video of George Floyd dying under the knee of a police officer inspired global outrage and received a prestigious award from Oscar-winning director Spike Lee (Picture: Star Tribune/TNS)
Leneal Frazier, a father-of-five, sustained fatal injuries in the crash
Darnella said: ‘Minneapolis Police killed my uncle.
‘Another black man lost his life in the hands of the police! Minneapolis police has cost my whole family a big loss.
‘I’m still in shock and it hasn’t fully hit me yet, I just broke down in tears. Today has been full of heartbreak and sadness.
‘It’s not fair how the police can just go around killing people.
‘You took an innocent life trying to catch someone else.’
Meanwhile Leneal Frazier’s sister, Cheryl Frazier, has said the family are still unsure of exactly what happened in the lead up to the crash.
Darnella’s video showed Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck (Picture: AFP/Getty)
‘He was a very good person, he would help you if you needed help, he’ll give you the shirt off his back if he had to’, Frazier said.
Leneal Frazier’s cause of death is yet to be officially determined and an investigation into the crash that resulted in the tragedy has been launched.
According to Minneapolis State Police, the devastating crash was the result of a police pursuit that began eight blocks away when police spotted a suspect accused of carjacking and robbery.
‘An officer observed the suspect vehicle in that area, attempted to pull it over and the vehicle, instead of pulling over, fled’, said Minneapolis police spokesperson, John Elder.
The squad was traveling north on Lyndale as officers following the suspect. Leneal, meanwhile, was driving westbound when the police car crashed into him.
A second car was also hit and after receiving treatment at a local hospital, the driver is now recovering at home.
The crash happened in the early hours of Tuesday (Picture: CBS)
According to Minneapolis police pursuit policy, there can be no pursuit when there is ‘an unreasonable risk to the officer, the public or passengers of the vehicle being pursued’.
Police can begin a pursuit if they believe ‘a serious and violent felony or gross misdemeanor’ has either been committed or about to be committed by the suspect, the policy states.
The state patrol has said it is not commenting on the investigation until its completion. It’s not yet clear if there is any bodycam or dashcam footage of the crash.
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