Minneapolis, MN – Prosecutors announced charges on Friday against the Minneapolis police officer who killed the uncle of the teen who filmed the notorious video of George Floyd’s death after he crashed into him during a car chase in July (video below).
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office on Oct. 22 announced that Minneapolis Police Officer Brian Cummings had been charged with second-degree manslaughter and criminal vehicular homicide, WCCO reported.
“Police are supposed to protect and serve citizens, and to act in a manner consistent with their sworn oath to do so,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said. “Officer Cummings’ actions deviated from his oath and his negligence caused the death of Leneal Frazier.”
The crash occurred at about 12:30 a.m. on July 6 at the intersection of 41st Avenue North and Lyndale Avenue, WCCO reported.
Police said officers were chasing a stolen vehicle that was connected to multiple robberies and carjackings when a police vehicle collided with two other vehicles in an intersection, The Washington Post reported.
“An officer observed the suspect vehicle in that area, attempted to pull it over and the vehicle, instead of pulling over, fled,” Minneapolis Police Spokesman John Elder said.
The chase went on for eight blocks north on Lyndale Avenue, WCCO reported.
The crash occurred when a police car hit two other vehicles that entered the intersection with 41st Avenue at the same time as the officer.
Surveillance video of the wreck from a nearby gas station showed the suspect vehicle raced through the intersection a split second before Officer Cummings smashed in the other vehicles.
Leneal Lamont Frazier was killed in the crash, WCCO reported.
The criminal complaint charging Officer Cummings with Frazier’s death said the officer slammed into the innocent civilian’s Jeep at almost 80 mph.
The complaint said that prior to the crash, Officer Cummings had chased the suspect vehicle through the city at speeds “at or approaching 100 mph” and ran multiple stop signs, red lights, and raced through partially-obstructed intersections, WCCO reported.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s report said Frazier died of multiple blunt force injuries sustained in the wreck.
The driver of the other vehicle survived with minor injuries, but his vehicle was totaled and his wife said he felt lucky to be alive.
The suspect that Officer Cummings was chasing got away, WCCO reported.
Officer Cummings was treated at the hospital for injuries and released.
Family members identified Frazier as the uncle of Darnella Frazier, the teenager who filmed Floyd’s death as he was being arrested by Minneapolis police on May 25, 2020, WCCO reported.
Darnella called her uncle’s death “the most horrible news” and immediately cast blame on police.
Personnel files showed that Officer Cummings joined the Minneapolis police force in 2008, WCCO reported.
He has received two department awards, one of which was in connection with another police pursuit in 2016 involving a stolen vehicle.
Officer Cummings has received 12 complaints in his 13 years with the Minneapolis police and all of them were “closed with no discipline,” according to WCCO.
“These charges are appropriate based on the thorough investigation conducted. I hope the victim’s family and loved ones find some solace in knowing we are doing everything we can to get justice for Mr. Frazier,” Freeman said.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content: