The teenager whose video documenting the murder of George Floyd helped galvanize a global movement against racial injustice has received a special citation from the Pulitzer Prize jury.
Darnella Frazier was 17 when she met Floyd, who was black, crushed to death on the ground by white policeman Derek Chauvin, who was kneeling on the man’s neck during an arrest in May last year .
She filmed on her phone as Floyd begged for her life. Frazier testified to the deep trauma she has experienced since, when she spoke at Chauvin’s trial in Minneapolis in April in which he was convicted of murder.
Frazier was cited “for bravely recording the murder of George Floyd, a video that sparked protests against police brutality around the world, highlighting the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice,” Pulitzer board of directors said Friday said this year’s awards in media and the arts.
Frazier told the jury during Chauvin’s trial: “I’ve been awake for nights to apologize and apologize to George Floyd for not doing more and not interacting physically and saving him. life. “
But his shocking video, filmed regularly for over eight minutes, was central to the trial and viewed by many, including those close to Floyd, as crucial in persuading the jury to convict.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for its coverage of Floyd’s murder on May 25, 2020 and the resulting mass protests that lasted for months and the explosion of civil unrest that initially ravaged the city after the murder.
The coverage of events in the city by Star Tribune reporters was called “urgent, authoritative and nuanced” by the board.