Teen wins special Pulitzer award for ‘courageously recording’ George Floyd’s death

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 12, 2021

The Pulitzer Prize board announced Friday that Darnella Frazier, the teenager who filmed the murder of George Floyd, will receive a special citation award.

Ms Frazier came across the arrest of Floyd while walking with her cousin in Minneapolis on 25 May a year ago.

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

She said she didn't want her cousin to see what was happening so she ushered the girl into the store then went back out to the sidewalk and began recording because "it wasn't right".

"My video didn't save George Floyd", she added, "but it put his murderer away and off the streets".

Darnella Frazier, now 18, was awarded the citation for her courage, the Pulitzer committee said.

The video became a crucial piece of evidence at Chauvin's murder trial this spring, played repeatedly over the course of the proceedings. A jury found him guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He will be sentenced June 25.

In advance of Friday's announcement, some media observers had been calling for the Pulitzer board to give Frazier an award, including four-time former Pulitzer juror Roy Peter Clark, who acknowledged "the material and the creator fall outside the traditional boundaries" of the prizes but that her video has a "social and ethical objective, one that aligns with journalistic values".

Frazier's video was "globe shaking", spoke truth to power and gave a voice to the voiceless, Clark said.

The act reflected numerous core tenets of journalism: Afflicting the comfortable, shining a light on wrongdoing, bearing witness on behalf of the marginalized, speaking truth to power. 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.

Ms Frazier described hearing Floyd "saying I can't breathe'".

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