Darnella Frazier, the teenager whoGeorge Floyd with his cell phone, won a special Pulitzer Prize jury award this year, the committee said on Friday.
The Council, which annually rewards important journalism work across the country, awarded the prestigious citation to Frazier for “bravely recording the murder of George Floyd, a video that sparked protests against police brutality around the world whole, emphasizing the crucial role of citizens in journalists. “Quest for truth and justice.”
Frazier was 17 when she recorded Floyd’s fatal arrest last May by Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin. She was walking with her 9-year-old cousin near Cup Foods at the time of her arrest and recorded Chauvin as he knelt on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes. His testimony at the scene went viral and sparked protests around the world.
“Everyone’s talking about the girl who recorded George Floyd’s death, but being she is another story,” Frazier said in a Facebook post a year after Floyd’s death. “… It’s a little easier now, but I’m not what I used to be. Part of my childhood has been taken away from me.”
Although celebrities and politicians have celebrated her as a “hero,” the teenager said she did not see herself as such, but rather as a girl who “was just in the right place at the right time”.
“Behind that smile, behind these awards, behind the publicity, I’m a girl trying to heal from something that reminds me of every day,” Frazier wrote. She said it had been a “traumatic, life-changing experience” that still affects her and her family.
Frazier testified at Chauvin’s trial in March and his video was shown to the jury as key evidence. In her testimony, she became moved when she remembered that Floyd was “in pain” and begging for his life.
theon charges of unintentional second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter.
“Justice has been served,” Frazier wrote on Facebook shortly after the verdict was announced.