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Pulitzer Board Issues Special Citation to Darnella Frazier, Teen Who Recorded George Floyd’s Death

Add a Pulitzer citation to the list of awards and recognition bestowed upon Darnella Frazier, the teen who bravely videotaped the police-involved death of George Floyd last summer.

The Pulitzer Prize board issued a special citation to Darnella, who is now 18.

“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,” the board wrote.

For her efforts, Darnella is also receiving the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s (NNPA) highest journalism award and a monetary scholarship at the NNPA’s annual convention, which begins on June 23.

NNPA is the trade association of the hundreds of African American-owned newspapers and media companies that comprise the Black Press of America.

NNPA President and CEO Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. applauded Darnella and called her a “freedom fighter” who ensured justice was finally done in the case of a police officer killing an unarmed African American.

“We salute this brave young woman, who had the courage to keep on filming even as the officers tried to intimidate her,” Chavis said.

Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crump told the Black Press that there would be no civil settlement or a trial and conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin had it not been for Darnella’s actions.

“It was Darnella Frazier who stepped up,” Crump asserted.

Chauvin, who is white, was convicted in April of murdering Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man. He faces as much as 40 years in prison when he’s sentenced on June 25.

Officials in Minneapolis reached a record $27 million civil settlement with Floyd’s family.

“We wouldn’t have any of that without Darnella Frazier taking that video,” Crump said.

The video was the most damning piece of evidence during Chauvin’s trial, and Darnella took the witness stand and offered powerful testimony to back up the recording.

“Even though this was a traumatic life-changing experience for me, I’m proud of myself,” Frazier wrote in an Instagram post on the one-year anniversary of Floyd’s death. “If it weren’t for my video, the world wouldn’t have known the truth.

“My video didn’t save George Floyd, but it put his murderer away and off the streets,” she added.

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Stacy M. Brown

I’ve worked for the Daily News of Los Angeles, the L.A. Times, Gannet and the Times-Tribune and have contributed to the Pocono Record, the New York Post and the New York Times. Television news opportunities have included: NBC, MSNBC, Scarborough Country, the Abrams Report, Today, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Imus in the Morning and Anderson Cooper 360. Radio programs like the Wendy Williams Experience, Tom Joyner Morning Show and the Howard Stern Show have also provided me the chance to share my views.

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