Darnella Frazier – the teenager who used her smartphone to film the video of George Floyd’s murder in May 2020 which sparked a wave of Black Lives Matter protests around the world, which resulted in the former’s murder conviction policeman Derek Chauvin – will receive a special citation from the Pulitzer Council.
Frazier received the citation for “bravely recording the murder of George Floyd, a video that sparked protests against police brutality around the world, highlighting the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice” , said the Pulitzer Board (PDF).
Frazier’s video, that has been seen by millions, sparked one of the biggest protests in American history and demonstrated how a smartphone with a camera can be a powerful tool to document police brutality and racial injustices.
Frazier was 17 when she filmed the video and uploaded it to Facebook. She also testified at Chauvin’s trial, a trial that ultimately resulted in a landmark conviction: “the first time in Minnesota history that a white police officer has been convicted of killing a black civilian on the job,” according to Star Tribune. (The Star Tribune received a Pulitzer Prize on Friday for his coverage of Floyd’s death and what followed.)
“Even though it was a traumatic, life-changing experience, I’m proud of myself,” Frazier said. in a statement on the anniversary of Floyd’s death. “Without my video, the world wouldn’t have known the truth. I own this. My video didn’t save George Floyd, but it got his killer off the streets. “