Pulitzer Board Recognizes Darnella Frazier For Recording George Floyd's Murder

Pulitzer Board Recognizes Darnella Frazier For Recording George Floyd's Murder

Pulitzer Board Recognizes Darnella Frazier For Recording George Floyd's Murder

In Friday's announcement, the board said Frazier received the citation 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".

Eighteen-year-old Darnella Frazier was honored at a ceremony announcing the 2021 prestigious journalism awards for her video of Floyd's May 2020 murder by a Minneapolis police officer. "He was suffering. He was in pain".

"Everyone talks about the girl who recorded George Floyd's death, but to actually be her is a different story", Frazier wrote.

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. "The video record she made is one of the most important civil rights documents in a generation". A jury found him guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Clark, who has been a Pulitzer juror five times, told The Associated Press on Friday that Frazier was like the many journalists or artists who have won Pulitzer Prizes for standing up for tolerance, equality and social justice.

Frazier was also given the PEN/Benenson Courage Award past year by PEN America, a literary and human rights organization. "If it weren't for my video, the world wouldn't have known the truth".

George Floyd wall mural in Brooklyn
Pulitzer Board Recognizes Darnella Frazier For Recording George Floyd's Murder

The act reflected numerous core tenets of journalism: Afflicting the comfortable, shining a light on wrongdoing, bearing witness on behalf of the marginalized, speaking truth to power.

Ms Frazier described hearing Floyd "saying I can't breathe'".

"When I look at George Floyd I look at my dad, I look at my brother, my cousins, my uncles - because they are all black", she said, audibly crying.

The other three officers involved - J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao - face charges of aiding and abetting a murder and are expected to stand trial next year.

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