Pulitzer Citation Awarded to Minneapolis Teenager Who Recorded George Floyd’s Death


The Pulitzer Prize jury on Friday awarded a special citation to the teenager who filmed the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, sparking a summer of protests against systemic racism and police brutality.

Darnella Frazier’s video and testimony played a key role in the conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin for causing the death of George Floyd outside of Cup Foods on May 25, 2020.

Frazier was 17 when she took her cousin to the convenience store that fateful day and spotted officers above Floyd.

Darnella Frazier, third from right, films as former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin rests his knee on George Floyd’s neck in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020.Minneapolis Police Department via AP File

She was one of several passers-by who begged Chauvin and other officers as Floyd moaned and begged for his life. As the police kept her and the other witnesses at bay, Frazier had the presence of mind to pull out her cell phone and record the crime.

At trial, a tearful Frazier told jurors she regretted that she couldn’t do more to prevent Chauvin from kneeling on Floyd’s neck.

“It’s been nights I’ve been up to apologize and apologize to George Floyd for not doing more and not interacting physically and saving his life,” said Frazier, who had 18 years old in March.

“But it’s like that wasn’t what I should have done,” added Frazier. “That’s what he (Chauvin) should have done.”

The Pulitzer Prizes for Journalism date back to 1917 and are considered the most prestigious honor in the field.

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