One of the major contributing factors in Derek Chauvin’s trial verdict was the testimony of 10-year-old Judeah Reynolds, a young girl from Minneapolis.
She was 9 years old when she saw former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneel down on George Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes before he stopped breathing. Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts, including the second-degree accidental murder and third-degree murder of George Floyd, on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
Prosecutors now assume Judeah Reynolds’ testimony would result in Derek Chauvin receiving a longer jail term since the murder was committed in the presence of a child. According to the Daily Mail, the young girl acknowledged that she felt “kinda proud” for taking part in the courtroom.
She is now 10 years old but when she witnesses she was 9 years old.
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Judeah Reynolds, a nine-year-old girl, inadvertently witnessed George Floyd’s inhumane murder. She begged her teenage cousin to drive her to the supermarket on the fateful day of May 25, 2020.
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The two girls walked to the Cup Foods outlet, where George Floyd allegedly tried to pay with counterfeit money, as her cousin instructed. Chauvin and three other officers responding to the scene quickly apprehended him.
After purchasing some sweets, Judeah and her cousin left the store and discovered George Floyd face down on the ground, with police officer Chauvin kneeling down on his neck. Despite Judah’s, her cousin’s, and the crowd’s pleas for help, Chauvin is also said to have refused to let Floyd go.
According to the Judeah Fundrazr campaign, Chauvin even gave Judeah and her cousin a passing glance, as he seemed to enjoy ‘having an audience to his influence.’
Her cousin had recorded the incident on her phone, and the video quickly went viral, as well as providing crucial evidence in Chauvin’s eventual conviction. After George Floyd was placed on a stretcher and taken to an ambulance, the two cousins returned home. The event, however, was particularly traumatic for Judeah, whose family is homeless and lives in daily struggle and deprivation. She reportedly cried when she met her mother and said, “Mom, they had their knee on his neck and they killed him.”
Due to the widespread distribution of Judeah’s cousin’s video, they were subjected to widespread hate, intimidation, and trolling on the internet, resulting in PTSD.
Judeah bravely testified against Derek Chauvin as the case’s youngest witness in court during his trial. Prosecutors said her testimony was a “aggravating factor” in Chauvin’s prosecution because he killed a child in front of her.
Judeah is working on a children’s book about her life-changing experience, as she is proud of her testimony’s contribution to the cause of justice.