Hero of her own story: A young eyewitness to George Floyd's killing is writing a children's book

Hero of her own story: A young eyewitness to George Floyd's killing is writing a children's book

Judeah Reynolds watched the police officer grind his knee into George Floyd’s neck and hold it there until the man on the ground stopped moving, stopped crying out for his mama, stopped breathing. Too young to walk to the corner store alone. She coaxed her 17-year-old cousin Darnella into walking with her to Cup Foods as Memorial Day was winding down. She had $3 in her pocket to spend on candy. Jolly Ranchers, maybe. Or Starburst. Together, they walked to the store, and into history. At the corner of 38th and Chicago, the kneeling officer locked eyes with Judeah, giving her the same look he leveled at Darnella as she pulled out her phone to record the scene. A look that said, “There’s nothing you can do about this. You have no power, little girl.” Until Darnella Frazier posted her video and the whole world could see what the cousins had seen. The weeks since have been weeks of protest and unrest and promises from politicians. All four of the officers involved in George Floyd’s killing are facing charges in connection with his death. “The person who tells the story has the power,” said Lily Coyle, owner of Beaver’s Pond Press in St. Paul. Judeah Reynolds is going to tell her own story. The story of what happened that day she walked to the store, and in the days that followed. The children’s book she’s writing with the help of the staff of Beaver’s Pond is set to ...
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