Darnella Frazier, the teen who recorded the murder of George Floyd last summer, has earned a special citation from the Pulitzer Prize board. It was also a prominent piece of evidence in Chauvin's trial.
Darnella Frazier, in blue sweat trousers, documenting the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.
Frazier was not giving interviews to the media, her publicist said Friday.More news: Annular Eclipse Brings 'Ring of Fire' to Northern Hemisphere on June 10
On May 25, 2020, when Frazier saw Floyd pinned under the knee of former police officer Derek Chauvin outside of a Minneapolis convenience store, she said she felt what she saw "wasn't right".
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.More news: Alberta terminates involvement with Keystone XL project
Frazier, who is Black, recently said she was proud of herself for recording Floyd's murder even though it became a "traumatic life-changing experience" for her in the aftermath.
The Pulitzer Prizes recognize some of the year's most important journalism. 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. Her video was widely shared online and led to months of protests against police brutality and systemic racism. The almost 200-word document doesn't mention the fact former police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds.
Frazier was also given the PEN/Benenson Courage Award past 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".More news: United Kingdom minister says Delta variant 40 percent more transmissible