Teen who filmed George Floyd's murder given journalism award

Teen who filmed George Floyd's murder given journalism award

Pulitzer Prizes awarded special citation to Darnella Frazier, the teenager who recorded the killing of George Floyd.

Committee officials who give out the prestigious prize in journalism and the arts said Frazier's recording highlighted "the crucial role of citizens in journalists' quests for truth and justice". "He was suffering. He was in pain".

The Pulitzer Board also announced Friday that the Star Tribune of Minneapolis won the breaking news reporting prize for its coverage of Floyd's murder and its aftermath.

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. A jury found him guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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

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

Melvin Carter, the mayor of St. Paul, Minn., had even previously suggested Frazier should win the Pulitzer Prize for taping the arrest that would later go viral.

"All of this", Carter tweeted Friday in response to the news that Frazier had been awarded a special citation. Despite all of the unexpected attention, Frazier has consistently declined interview requests, issuing rare public remarks when she accepted an award from PEN America past year and posting a lengthy statement to Facebook on the anniversary of Floyd's death.

PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel said at the time: "With nothing more than a cellphone and sheer guts, Darnella changed the course of history in this country, sparking a bold movement demanding an end to systemic anti-Black racism and violence at the hands of police".

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. "And I look at how that could have been one of them". All four also face federal civil rights charges.

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