Pulitzer Prize awards special citation to teen who filmed George Floyd's murder

James Marshall
June 12, 2021

Darnella Frazier, who was 17 when she recorded George Floyd's murder in Minneapolis a year ago, was awarded a special citation by the Pulitzer Board on Friday.

Committee officials who give out the prestigious prize in journalism and the arts said Frazier's recording highlighted "the crucial role of citizens in journalists' quests for truth and justice".

A police body camera image shows bystanders including Darnella Frazier (third from right filming) as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was recorded pressing his knee on George Floyd's neck in Minneapolis. "He was suffering. He was in pain".

Darnella Frazier, the teenager who filmed the death of George Floyd in May 2020, has been awarded a special Pulitzer Prize, the board announced Friday.

Her video, which she posted to Facebook hours after it happened, sparked a reckoning on race in America and demands for an end to police brutality.

Chauvin was convicted in April of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. "The video record she made is one of the most important civil rights documents in a generation". "If it weren't for my video, the world wouldn't have known the truth".

According to the Pulitzer Prize office, some amateur photographers have won in the past, and other winning journalism entries may have included footage that the individual shot on their phone.

Clark said the special citation that Frazier received recognizes exceptional work that falls outside specific award categories. She captured Floyd's last moments, including his repeated pleas of "I can't breathe". Despite all of the unexpected attention, Frazier has consistently declined interview requests, issuing rare public remarks when she accepted an award from PEN America a year ago and posting a lengthy statement to Facebook on the anniversary of Floyd's death. "A lot of people call me a hero even though I don't see myself as one".

"It's been nights I stayed up apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more and not physically interacting and not saving his life", she said.

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