Darnella Frazier, filmed George Floyd murder, awarded Pulitzer

The Pulitzer Prize board on Friday awarded a special citation to Darnella Frazier, {the teenager} who, in Might 2020, used her cellphone to movie George Floyd’s homicide by Minneapolis police

The footage, which confirmed Floyd pinned by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin’s knee, sparked mass protests and a racial reckoning that stretched around the globe. 

Frazier was simply 17 years previous when she caught Floyd’s ultimate moments on digital camera. Her footage contradicted the preliminary police account, and with out her documentation, we would all solely know Floyd’s dying as the unique police assertion described it: a “medical incident throughout a police interplay.” 


“Though this was a traumatic life-changing expertise for me, I’m pleased with myself,” Frazier wrote in an Instagram post on Might 25, 2021, the primary anniversary of Floyd’s dying. “If it weren’t for my video, the world wouldn’t have identified the reality. I personal that. My video didn’t save George Floyd, however it put his assassin away and off the streets.”

Throughout Friday’s Pulitzer bulletins, the board mentioned, in line with The Washington Post, that Frazier acquired the particular quotation for “courageously reporting the homicide of George Floyd, a video that spurred protests towards police brutality around the globe, highlighting the essential function of residents in journalists’ quest for reality and justice.”

Headlines all through 2020 have been dominated by these protests and the Black Lives Matter motion that gained consideration within the wake of Floyd’s dying. The workers of the Star Tribune of Minneapolis additionally acquired a Pulitzer for breaking information for its “authoritative and nuanced” protection of Floyd’s homicide and the historical past of “renegade police” in Minneapolis’s Third Precinct. 

The New York Occasions gained the Pulitzer’s public service award for its “prescient and sweeping” reporting of one other 2020 headline-dominating occasion: the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pulitzer board famous that the Occasions stuffed “an information vacuum that helped native governments, well being care suppliers, companies and people to be higher ready and guarded.”

Different winners embrace the staffs of The Marshall Mission, AL.com of Birmingham, Alabama; IndyStar of Indianapolis, and the Invisible Institute of Chicago for his or her nationwide reporting on assaults by police Okay-9 models; Megha Rajagopalan, Alison Killing, and Christo Buschek of BuzzFeed Information for his or her worldwide reporting on internment camps in China that persecuted Muslim minorities; and Michael Paul Williams of the Richmond Occasions-Dispatch in Virginia for his or her commentary on Richmond dismantling Accomplice monuments. See the total record of winners here.