The teenager who recorded the notorious video exhibiting George Floyd’s homicide by the hands of Minneapolis police was awarded a 2021 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation on Friday.
Darnella Frazier received the citation “for courageously recording the murder of George Floyd, a video that spurred protests against police brutality around the world, highlighting the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice,” in line with the Pulitzer Prize Board.
The award comes with a financial prize constant at the very least with the opposite prizes, $15,000, in line with Edward Kliment, a spokesperson for the Columbia University Pulitzer Prize group. Previous particular citations have been awarded to Ida B. Wells, Aretha Franklin and Duke Ellington.
Former police officer Derek Chauvin was discovered responsible in April on all counts in Floyd’s homicide on May 25, 2020, exterior a Cup Foods retailer in Minneapolis. Frazier’s video was a key piece of proof within the trial from opening statements via closing arguments.
Frazier, then 17 years previous, was visiting the shop that Memorial Day along with her 9-year-old cousin when she noticed Chauvin and a number of other different officers restraining Floyd on the bottom. She recorded the incident on her cellphone as she and different bystanders pleaded with them to get off Floyd, who repeatedly mentioned he could not breathe.
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Frazier’s video of the incident went viral, drawing consideration to Floyd’s dying and in the end propelling hundreds of protests towards police brutality throughout the U.S. and overseas.
“It’s a little easier now, but I’m not who I used to be. A part of my childhood was taken from me,” Frazier wrote in a press release posted to her Facebook web page final month, on the anniversary of Floyd’s homicide.
“A lot of people call me a hero even though I don’t see myself as one,” she wrote. “I was just in the right place at the right time. Behind this smile, behind these awards, behind the publicity, I’m a girl trying to heal from something I am reminded of every day.”
Frazier and a spokesperson didn’t instantly reply to requests for touch upon the award.
In December, Frazier was awarded the 2020 PEN/Berenson Courage Award from Oscar-winning director Spike Lee. PEN America, the literary and human rights group, honored Frazier together with different activists, artists and former president Barack Obama.
Frazier testified at Chauvin’s trial in March. She cried on the witness stand as she advised prosecutor Jerry Blackwell that when she checked out Floyd, she noticed her Black family and pals. “That could’ve been one of them.”
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“When I look at George Floyd, I look at my dad, I look at my brothers, I look at my cousins, my uncles,” Frazier mentioned on the time. She mentioned she has stayed up some nights “apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more and not physically interacting and not saving his life.”
But, she mentioned, “It’s not what I should have done. It’s what he (Chauvin) should have done.”
Three different former Minneapolis officers accused of aiding and abetting in Floyd’s homicide will stand trial in March 2022, so a federal case towards them can first go ahead, a decide dominated final month.
Contributing: Chelsey Cox and N’dea Yancey-Bragg, USA TODAY
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