The Pulitzer Prize Board awarded a distinct quotation Friday to the teenager who filmed the homicide of George Floyd in Minneapolis, touching off a summer time of protests in opposition to systemic racism and police brutality.
Darnella Frazier’s video and court docket testimony performed key roles within the conviction of a former police officer, Derek Chauvin, for inflicting George Floyd’s demise outdoor of Cup Meals on Might 25, 2020.
Frazier used to be 17 when she took her cousin to the benefit retailer that fateful day and noticed officials on most sensible of Floyd.
She used to be amongst a number of bystanders who pleaded with Chauvin and different officials as Floyd moaned and begged for his existence. Whilst police stored her and the opposite witnesses at a distance, Frazier had the presence of thoughts to take out her mobile phone and report the crime.
At trial, a tearful Frazier advised jurors she regrets there wasn’t extra she will have accomplished to forestall Chauvin from kneeling on Floyd’s neck.
“It is been nights, I stayed up apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for now not doing extra and now not bodily interacting and now not saving his existence,” stated Frazier, who grew to become 18 in March.
“However it is like, it isn’t what I must have accomplished,” Frazier added. “It is what he (Chauvin) must have accomplished.”
Pulitzer Prizes for journalism date again to 1917 and are thought to be the sector’s maximum prestigious honor.