The teenager who recorded the infamous video showing the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department has received a special citation for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize.
Darnella Frazier, 18, on Friday won the citation “for bravely recording the murder of George Floyd, a video that sparked protests against police brutality around the world, highlighting the crucial role of citizens in the search for truth and justice. justice for journalists, ”according to the Pulitzer Prize jury.
In April, former police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second and third degree murder and second degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, outside a Cup Foods store.
Frazier, then 17, was visiting the store with her 9-year-old cousin when she saw Chauvin and several other agents restraining Floyd to the ground. She recorded the incident on her cell phone as she and other passers-by pleaded with them to leave Floyd, who repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe.
“It’s a little easier now, but I’m not what I was. Part of my childhood has been taken away from me,” Frazier wrote in a statement posted on his Facebook page last month, at the anniversary of Floyd’s murder.
“A lot of people call me a hero even though I don’t consider myself to be one,” she wrote on Tuesday. “I was just in the right place at the right time. Behind that smile, behind those awards, behind the publicity, I’m a girl trying to heal from something that reminds me of every day.”
Frazier has previously received the 2020 PEN / Berenson Courage Award from Oscar-winning director Spike Lee.
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