The teenager who filmed George Floyd’s murder has just been given a journalism award by the Pulitzer Prize board. Who is Darnella Frazier?
It’s been over a year since the tragic killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and his death still remains a hot topic of conversation.
Police officer Derek Chauvin was recently found guilty of three charges, second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter, and sentencing is due to take place in June.
Now, the girl who filmed his killing has been honoured with an award. Who is Darnella Frazier?
Who is Darnella Frazier?
Darnella Frazier is the 18-year-old girl (17 at the time) who took out her phone and filmed the murder of George Floyd on a Minneapolis street.
Her video went viral online and sparked worldwide protests, launching the Black Lives Matter movement.
It was also used as evidence at George Floyd’s murder trial, and the young schoolgirl from Minneapolis also stood up and testified in court as an eyewitness last month.
She filmed George Floyd’s murder
Darnella was walking with her 9-year-old cousin near Cup Foods in Minneapolis when she spotted George Floyd and began filming.
The 46-year-old man was handcuffed and pinned down on the floor with an officer’s knee on his neck.
George Floyd had bought a packet of cigarettes at a shop in South Minneapolis on the evening of 25 May 2020.
The shop assistant thought that he had used a fake $20 bill and called the police after he refused to return the cigarettes.
When officers arrived, they tried to put George in the car but he refused, leading to a struggle that ended with Derek Chauvin pinning him on the floor and placing his knee on his neck for nine minutes.
More than 20 times, George said that he couldn’t breathe, but nobody listened. He was then pronounced dead in hospital an hour later.
Now she’s been honoured with an award
The Pulitzer Prize Board, which is the most prestigious journalism award in the USA, has just honoured Darnella with an award for courage.
The committee said she has been given the award 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.”
Darnella said in a Facebook post on the one year anniversary that witnessing George Floyd’s murder was a “traumatic life-changing experience” that took her childhood away from her.
“Everyone talks about the girl who recorded George Floyd’s death, but to actually be her is a different story. It’s a little easier now, but I’m not who I used to be. A part of my childhood was taken from me,” she said.
Darnella added: “I was just in the right place at the right time… behind this smile, behind these awards, behind the publicity, I’m a girl trying to heal from something I am reminded of every day.”