A teen who recorded George Floyd being knelt on by a cop was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.
The Pulitzer Prize board has handed a special mention to the adolescent who recorded George Floyd being held to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer.
The Pulitzer Prizes cited Darnella Frazier “for courageously documenting the death of George Floyd, a video that sparked worldwide protests against police brutality, underlining the important role of people in journalists’ fight for truth and justice,” according to the announcement.
On May 25, 2020, Ms Frazier was 17 years old when she documented the arrest and killing of Mr Floyd, a 46-year-old black man. She testified in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin that she was walking to a corner grocery store with her nine-year-old cousin to grab snacks when she observed a man trapped to the pavement.
He was “terrified, scared, begging for his life,” she claimed.
She explained that she didn’t want her cousin to watch what was going on, so she escorted the girl into the store before returning to the street and starting recording since “it wasn’t right.”
She continued to video despite feeling intimidated as Chauvin ignored the cries of witnesses and knelt on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds, ignoring the shouts of witnesses.
Mr Floyd repeatedly says he can’t breathe before collapsing in her video, which was released to Facebook hours after it was filmed, causing uproar in Minneapolis and beyond.
In Chauvin’s trial, it was also a key piece of evidence. Chauvin was found guilty in April of unintended second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter. On June 25, he will be sentenced.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting for its coverage of Mr Floyd’s death and its aftermath, according to the Pulitzer Board.
It’s unusual, but not unique, for the Pulitzer Board to honor civilians who catch important events; following the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, Charles Porter IV, a bank credit officer, took a famous shot of a firefighter cradling a newborn, which was released by the Associated Press.