Darnella Frazier, the teenage girl who whipped out her cell phone and recorded the police murder of George Floyd last summer, a video that rocked the nation, has received an honorary Pulitzer Prize for her courage.
On Friday, the Pulitzer Prize board said it made a decision to recognize Frazier for "courageously reporting 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".
Frazier was not giving interviews to the media, her publicist said Friday. "He was suffering. He was in pain". Her 10-minute video shows Floyd becoming unconscious.
Frazier, who is Black, recently said she was proud of herself for recording Floyd's murder even though it became a "traumatic life-changing experience" for her in the aftermath.
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The Pulitzers are the most prestigious journalism awards in the US.
"The Floyd story in particular highlighted not only the essential role of journalists, but the increasing importance of ordinary citizens in the quest for truth and justice", Marques said during the Friday ceremony. Last year, she earned recognition from PEN America. Her video was widely shared online and led to months of protests against police brutality and systemic racism.
During her testimony at Chauvin's trial, Frazier told jurors that she sometimes wishes she had done more to help Floyd. "I knew that he was another black man in danger with no power".
Her film spurred protests for racial justice around the world and was used as evidence in the trial that convicted police officer Derek Chauvin.