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

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Darnella Frazier, the woman whose cellphone video of George Floyd’s killing by police in Minneapolis prompted outrage across the world, was awarded an honorary Pulitzer Prize on Friday for “courageously recording” the murder.

The Pulitzer Prize board announced it was awarding Frazier a special citation for the video she shot on May 25, 2020, which showed four now-former Minneapolis police officers restrain Floyd outside the Cup Foods convenience store. One of the officers, Derek Chauvin, was convicted of murder charges in April for kneeling on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes despite Floyd’s protests that he couldn’t breathe.

Darnella Frazier
Darnella Frazier, in blue sweat pants, documenting the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. (Via Reuters)

The other three officers involved — J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — face charges of aiding and abetting a murder and are expected to stand trial next year. All four also face federal civil rights charges.

Frazier, who was a teenager at the time of the incident, testified during Chauvin’s trial, telling the court that she was haunted by the scene after Floyd’s death.

Darnella Frazier via Instagram. (Credit: Screengrab via Instagram)
Darnella Frazier via Instagram. (Screengrab via Instagram)

“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. “But it’s like, it’s not what I should have done, it’s what [Chauvin] should have done.”

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.”

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune also won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the aftermath of Floyd’s death.


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