Pulitzer Board honors teen who took video of George Floyd murder

Darnella Frazier, the teen who filmed George Floyd’s death, gets honorary Pulitzer Prize

Darnella Frazier, the teen who filmed George Floyd’s death, gets honorary Pulitzer Prize

The teenager who pulled out her cellphone and recorded the police restraint and death of George Floyd, helping to launch a global movement to protest racial injustice, was on Friday awarded a special citation by the Pulitzer Prizes. "He was suffering. He was in pain".

The Star Tribune, of Minneapolis, won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for its coverage of the May 25, 2020, killing of Floyd and the resulting civil unrest that tore through the city.

Frazier's video became exhibit 15, a key piece of evidence played repeatedly during the trial, where she also delivered emotional testimony and lamented that she wished she had done more to help Floyd. Her 10-minute video shows Floyd becoming unconscious.

Chauvin was convicted in April of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Roy Peter Clark, a senior scholar at the Poynter Institute, said in a column for Nieman Lab last month that Frazier should win a Pulitzer for her video.

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The citation went on to note how her recording worked to highlight the "crucial role of citizens in journalists' quest for truth and justice". "If it weren't for my video, the world wouldn't have known the truth". The honor puts Frazier on a list with Ida B. Wells, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, and the staff of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, for their response to a 2018 shooting in their newsroom. Despite all of the unexpected attention, Frazier has consistently declined interview requests, issuing rare public remarks when she accepted an award from PEN America previous year and posting a lengthy statement to Facebook on the anniversary of Floyd's death.

Floyd's murder took a personal toll on Frazier, who described her ongoing trauma around witnessing his killing on Instagram.

"When I look at George Floyd I look at my dad, I look at my brother, my cousins, my uncles - because they are all black", she said, audibly crying. "A lot of people call me a hero even though I don't see myself as one".

The other three officers involved - J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao - face charges of aiding and abetting a murder and are expected to stand trial next year.

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