Teen who filmed George Floyd's murder given journalism award

Darnella Frazier, the teen who filmed George Floyd’s death, gets honorary Pulitzer Prize

Darnella Frazier, whose video of George Floyd's slaying helped bring about widespread protests and a murder conviction, has been honored alongside journalists who produced the year's most consequential work.

Journalists covering racial justice and the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the rest of the Pulitzer Prize winners, which were also announced Friday.

Darnella Frazier, the woman whose cellphone video of George Floyd's killing by police in Minneapolis prompted outrage across the world, was awarded an honorary Pulitzer Prize on Friday for "courageously recording" the murder.

Now 18, Darnella Frazier caught the moment a group of Minneapolis police officers detained Floyd in the minutes before his death on May 25, 2020. Her 10-minute video shows Floyd becoming unconscious.

Frazier recorded video of Floyd being pinned to the ground.

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Chauvin was convicted in April of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Mindy Marques, co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, said that Frazier's quick-thinking in recording the incident was an important piece of documentation.

Floyd's murder took a personal toll on Frazier, who described her ongoing trauma around witnessing his killing on Instagram. Last year, she earned recognition from PEN America. She said she looks at her father and other Black men in her life and thinks about "how that could have been one of them".

The video played a major role in igniting a global protest movement against police violence, and was used as evidence in the trial of Floyd's killer.

"It's been nights I stayed up, apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more, and not physically interacting and not saving his life", she testified, adding of Chauvin: "But it's like, it's not what I should've done, it's what he should've done". All four also face federal civil rights charges.

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