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Darnella Frazier, who was 17 when she recorded George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis last year, received a special citation from the Pulitzer Board on Friday.
The video played a major role in igniting a worldwide protest movement against police violence and was used as evidence in the Floyd killer trial.
Officials of the committee that awarded the prestigious journalism and arts prize said Frazier’s recording underlined “the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice.”
Frazier, who is black, recently said she was proud of herself for recording Floyd’s murder, even though it became a “traumatic, life-changing experience” afterwards.
His video showed former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck. Chauvin kept his knee there for nine minutes and 29 seconds.
The video became crucial evidence in Chauvin’s murder trial this spring, played out several times during the proceedings. A jury found him guilty of unintentional second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter.
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