The family of Leneal Frazier will be represented by nationally renown civil rights attorney Ben Crump. Frazier is the uncle of Darnella Frazier, the teen who filmed the murder of George Floyd last May. Leneal was killed Tuesday (July 6) after a Minneapolis police vehicle struck his car while in pursuit of a robbery suspect in a separate vehicle.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Leneal Frazier, including Miss Darnella Frazier, who has now twice been directly impacted by lethal practices of the Minneapolis Police Department,” Crump said in a news release shared with the Black Information Network.
“Police pursuits should be rare and law enforcement should take the greatest of precautions to protect all involved, especially innocent drivers and bystanders. The Frazier family and the Minneapolis community are mourning the loss of yet another Black life because of the irresponsible actions and failings of the Minneapolis Police Department,” the attorney added.
“We expect a timely and transparent investigation by the Minneapolis State Patrol. The Frazier family deserves answers and accountability as they try to make sense of this terrible, and preventable tragedy,” Crump said.
Darnella took to Facebook to share the news of her uncle’s passing, posting a GoFundMe campaign to cover funeral expenses for Leneal. According to the fundraiser’s site, Leneal Frazier was a father of six children and had one grandchild. The 40-year-old was also the oldest of five siblings who loved to cook and “spend as much time with his family as possible.”
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