Published: Sat, June 12, 2021
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Pulitzer Board honors teen who took video of George Floyd murder

Pulitzer Board honors teen who took video of George Floyd murder

Darnella Frazier, who was 17 when she recorded George Floyd's murder in Minneapolis past year, was awarded a special citation by the Pulitzer Board on Friday. It was not her job, but Frazier described it as her duty when she testified at Chauvin's trial earlier this year.

A police body camera image shows bystanders including Darnella Frazier (third from right filming) as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was recorded pressing his knee on George Floyd's neck in Minneapolis.

Frazier has gotten widespread praise for her actions from people including President Biden, film director Spike Lee and Anita Hill. He was later found guilty on three charges: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.

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". He will be sentenced June 25.

Frazier's video became exhibit 15, a key piece of evidence played repeatedly during the trial, where she also delivered emotional testimony and lamented that she wished she had done more to help Floyd. The teenager received a Pulitzer Prize special citation on Friday, USA Today reports.

According to the Pulitzer Prize office, some amateur photographers have won in the past, and other winning journalism entries may have included footage that the individual shot on their phone.

"The Floyd story in particular highlighted not only the essential role of journalists, but the increasing importance of ordinary citizens in the quest for truth and justice", Marques said during the Friday ceremony. 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. She captured Floyd's last moments, including his repeated pleas of "I can't breathe". Last year, she earned recognition from PEN America.

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