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Darnella Frazier, teen who filmed George Floyd’s death gets special Pulitzer honour

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Darnella Frazier, the Minnesota teenager who filmed the gruesome death of George Floyd in the hands of a police officer has now received a special citation from the Pulitzer Prize Board.

This is a one of a kind phenomenon, considering the fact that she isn’t a professional journalist. According to the board, Frazer has received this recognition “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.”

A little over a year ago, on the 25 May 2020, George Floyd lost his life after Minneapolis police officer Dereck Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost 9 minutes during an arrest outside a convenience store, all while George complained that he couldn’t breathe. 17 year old Darnella recorded the entire event and soon shared it on social media.

The video went viral and not only was it instrumental in the nationwide protests that ensued, it also became the sole evidence of the event. Miss Frazier would go on to testify in the court case in March. In her words to the jury, she said: “It wasn’t right. He was suffering. He was in pain.”

Darnella Frazier mourning the sad event

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I’ve stayed up apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more and not physically interacting and not saving his life,” she said. “But it’s not what I should have done; it’s what [Chauvin] should have done.”

Derek Chauvin was found guilty of unintentional murder, third degree murder, and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd. He is currently awaiting sentencing. All thanks to the heroics of a courageous teenager.

Well deserved recognition for Darnella. The future is bright for her.

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