Darnella Frazier, teen who recorded George Floyd's arrest, murder, wins Pulitzer citation

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

Pulitzer Board Recognizes Darnella Frazier For Recording George Floyd's Murder

The Pulitzer Prizes awarded a special citation to the teen who filmed the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Darnella Frazier.

The Pulitzer board said Frazier's video "spurred protests against police brutality around the world, highlighting the crucial role of citizens in journalists' quest for truth and justice".

Floyd, a Black man, died as he was being pinned to the ground by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. "He was suffering. He was in pain".

Frazier, third from right, uses her phone to film Floyd's death outside Cup Foods in Minneapolis, Minn., in this photo from May 25, 2020.

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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. She hit record on her phone - and didn't stop for about 10 minutes.

Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in April and is scheduled to be sentenced June 25.

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.

The Pulitzer Prizes in journalism and the arts were announced Friday recognising the best work in a year in which people isolated themselves because of a deadly pandemic and took to the streets over racial injustice. "If it weren't for my video, the world wouldn't have known the truth".

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The Pulitzers are the most prestigious journalism awards in the US.

"All of this", Carter tweeted Friday in response to the news that Frazier had been awarded a special citation.

Frazier was also given the PEN/Benenson Courage Award previous year by PEN America, a literary and human rights organization. She captured Floyd's last moments, including his repeated pleas of "I can't breathe". All four officers are also charged with violating Floyd's civil rights.

"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.

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