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

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

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

Darnella Frazier, the teen who recorded the murder of George Floyd last summer, has earned a special citation from the Pulitzer Prize board.

The committee said they honoured Ms Frazier for "courageously recording the murder of George Floyd, a video that spurred protests against police brutality around the world, highlighting the crucial role of citizens in journalists' quest for truth and justice".

The video was seen worldwide and was prominent in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on Floyd's neck, pinning him to the pavement for 9 minutes, 29 seconds, as he said repeatedly that he couldn't breathe. "He was suffering. He was in pain". "If it weren't for my video, the world wouldn't have known the truth". She hit record on her phone - and didn't stop for about 10 minutes.

Frazier stayed on the sidewalk near Cup Foods convenience store to film the video that captured Floyd under Chauvin's knee, showing Floyd's dying moments as he pleaded for his mother.

Frazier, who was 17 when she filmed the clip, was walking to a local store with her cousin when she saw the scene between Floyd and Minneapolis Police unfold.

The announcement of the prizes itself was originally scheduled for April 19 but the Pulitzer Prize Board postponed it until June to give its 18 members a chance to debate the entries in person, instead of remotely. The honor puts Frazier on a list with Ida B. Wells, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, and the staff of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, for their response to a 2018 shooting in their newsroom.

Frazier was also honoured a year ago by PEN America, a literary and human rights organization.

She described how she still holds "the weight and trauma of what I witnessed a year ago", enduring panic attacks and repeated moves with her family.

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 officers are also charged with violating Floyd's civil rights.