Speaking to Good Morning America, Reynolds said she watched the verdict on TV on Tuesday as the former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Prosecutors recalled the child’s words from last year as they made their closing arguments during the trial.
“Ultimately, it really isn’t that complicated,” prosecutor Jerry Blackwell told jurors. “And what it is you have to decide is so simple that a child could understand it. In fact, a child did understand it when the 9-year-old girl said, ‘Get off of him.’ That’s how simple it was. ‘Get off of him.’ Common sense.”
The child was going to the store last May when she saw Chauvin pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. Judeah’s cousin, then 17-year-old high school student Darnella Frazier, recorded a video of the tragic incident.
Darnella Frazier bravely filmed an atrocity and set off a chain of events that will go down in history. W/out her there wouldn’t have been charges. There would not have been Justice for George Floyd and his family. Salute this Queen. #RaiseAFist
— RosaSparks (@LqLana) April 21, 2021
“I think for the family we absolutely know that if not for Judeah we wouldn’t have been in that position at that time, so if not for Judeah there would have been no walk to the store for snacks and the video,” Latoya Turk, a family friend, said. “For Judeah, I don’t think she realizes the magnitude that she has changed the world.”
Turk stood with Judeah in court as the child testified.
“We’re trying to keep her 10-year-old life as normal as possible,” Turk said. “As far as Judeah, I don’t think she realizes the magnitude that she has changed the world.”
According to The Guardian, the heroic girl said she suffered nightmares after witnessing the killing and relied on her mom’s hugs for comfort.
“I was sad and kind of mad,” she testified in court. “It felt like he was stopping his breathing and it was kind of like hurting him.”
The 10-year-old is now writing a children’s book titled, Judeah’s Walk to the Store. She hopes the book will inspire people to “be brave and bring change into their story.”
“My mom said that we brought change,” the young author said. “My dad said, ‘we won.'”