Leneal Frazier Wiki – Leneal Frazier Biography
Leneal Frazier was killed in a crash with the Minneapolis police squad that was chasing a suspect. Victim Was The Uncle Of Darnella Frazier, Who Filmed The Death Of George Floyd.
The Minnesota State Patrol is now investigating a crash involving a Minneapolis police squad car, where an innocent man was killed.
He was 40 years old.
It happened around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of 41st Avenue North and Lyndale Avenue. Police say the officer was chasing after a carjacking and robbery suspect at the time. The person the police were chasing got away, and a man driving a different car was killed.
Family members tell WCCO that the victim is Leneal Frazier, a father of five who was the uncle of Darnella Frazier, the teenager who recorded the video of George Floyd’s death that was seen around the world.
The devastating crash was the result of a police pursuit that began eight blocks away when police spotted a carjacking and robbery suspect.
“An officer observed the suspect vehicle in that area, attempted to pull it over and the vehicle, instead of pulling over, fled,” Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder said.
Police pursued the vehicle for eight blocks.
The squad was going north on Lyndale following the suspect. The driver who died was driving westbound on 41st and the driver of a second car that was going southbound on Lyndale was also struck and slightly injured.
The driver of the second car was treated at a local hospital and is now recovering at home. His wife told WCCO he wasn’t up to speaking, but that his car is totaled and he feels lucky to be alive.
Darnella Frazier Statement
On Facebook, Darnella Frazier posted a statement, calling the death of her uncle “the most horrible news.” She also posted a link to a GoFundMe page raising money for funeral expenses.
“Another black man lost his life in the hands of the police!” Darnella Frazier wrote, adding: “Minneapolis police has cost my whole family a big loss.”
Leneal Frazier’s sister, Cheryl Frazier, says they still aren’t sure what exactly happened, but the crash took the life of a good man.
“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. “He was always that type of person.”
Michael Ganzer was watching TV when he heard the collision.
“The whole house shook. It was just a big, loud bang,” he said.
Minneapolis police say the suspect got away. Neighbors are stunned.
“It is very unfortunate that it was an innocent bystander,” Ambra Horne said. “I know the police, they have to do what they have to do. I also believe they should be mindful of cars and pedestrians around.”
Minneapolis police pursuit policy says 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 state patrol is not commenting on the investigation, and MPD has not said if there is a bodycam or dashcam video of the crash. The officer was treated and released. The K-9 in the car did not suffer any injuries.