Pulitzers give special award to Darnella Frazier, who filmed George Floyd's murder

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Darnella Frazier, who filmed the death of George Floyd, received a special citation, Aminda Marqués González, co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, announced Friday.

The video became a crucial piece of evidence at Chauvin's murder trial this spring, played repeatedly over the course of the proceedings. While on the stand, Frazier said at times she regretted not doing more to "physically interact with police to prevent Floyd's death". She made the video on her cellphone while standing outside a Cup Foods store in Minneapolis, as she joined other bystanders in calling for police officers to get off Floyd so he could breathe. He will be sentenced June 25.

Frazier, who was a teenager at the time of the incident, testified during Chauvin's trial, telling the court that she was haunted by the scene after Floyd's death.

The Pulitzers are the most prestigious journalism awards in the US.


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

Her video, which she posted to Facebook hours after it happened, sparked a reckoning on race in America and demands for an end to police brutality.

"When I look at George Floyd I look at my dad, I look at my brother, my cousins, my uncles - because they are all black", she said, audibly crying. 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. All four officers are also charged with violating Floyd's civil rights.

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