June 11, 2021 |
Darnella Frazier, the Minnesota teenager who recorded the 10-minute video of George Floyd’s May 25, 2020 murder, has won a special citation from the Pulitzer Prize committee, The New York Daily News reported.
Frazier was cited “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,” the Pulitzer Prize committee said Friday.
Frazier – 17 at the time – recorded Floyd’s murder at the hands of former police officer Derek Chauvin.
“Although this wasn’t the first time, I’ve seen a Black man get killed at the hands of the police, this is the first time I witnessed it happen in front of me,” Frazier wrote on Facebook on the one-year anniversary of Floyd’s death.
“I didn’t know this man from a can of paint, but I knew his life mattered. I knew that he was in pain. I knew that he was another Black man in danger with no power,” she wrote.
What she recorded “ripped the blinders off for the whole world to see” America’s “systemic racism,” President Biden said in a speech marking Chauvin’s April 20 conviction on all charges.