Darnella Frazier, the youngster who recorded George Floyd’s arrest and death, has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

Written by Kirti Pathak

Published on : June 12, 2021 1:08




Darnella Frazier
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The teen who took out her cellphone and began filming when she watched George Floyd being pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer received a special citation from the Pulitzer Prizes on Friday for her video, which helped to ignite a global movement to oppose racial injustice.
The Pulitzer Prizes cited Darnella Frazier “for courageously documenting the death of George Floyd, a video that sparked protests against police brutality around the world, illustrating the important role of people in journalists’ fight for truth and justice.”
According to her publicist, Frazier was not granting media interviews on Friday.
On May 25, 2020, Frazier was 17 years old when she documented the arrest of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man.
Frazier testified earlier this year at the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin that she was walking to a corner grocery store with her then-9-year-old cousin when she observed a guy being pushed to the pavement, “terrified, scared, screaming for his life.”
She explained that she didn’t want her cousin to see what was going on, so she guided the girl into the store before returning to the sidewalk and starting filming “It didn’t feel quite right. He was in agony. He was in excruciating pain.”
When Chauvin ignored the shouts of witnesses and pulled out his Mace while he knelt on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds, Frazier said she felt threatened.
Her video, in which Floyd repeatedly says he can’t breathe before collapsing, was shared on Facebook hours later, causing uproar in Minneapolis and beyond. It was also a key piece of evidence in Chauvin’s case.
In April, Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintended murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter. On June 25, he will be sentenced.