It was a video that changed the world — sparking a nationwide reckoning on race and leading to a murder conviction for a Minneapolis police officer.
The Pulitzer Board has awarded a special citation to Darnella Frazier, the teenage girl who recorded and uploaded the original video showing Derek Chauvin murder George Floyd.
In its announcement, the board called Frazier “courageous” and said her actions highlight the “crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice.”
Frazier’s video went viral almost immediately and served as a stark contrast to the official statement from the Minneapolis Police Department on Floyd’s death which said Floyd died after a ‘medical incident during police interaction.’
And while Frazier’s video proved to be vital, it also came at great personal cost to her. Here’s Frazier testifying during the Chauvin murder trial.
FRAZIER: “When I look at George Floyd, I look at — I look at my dad. I look at my brothers. … It’s been nights I stayed up apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more, and not physically interacting, and not saving his life.”
On the 1-year anniversary of Floyd’s death Frazier reflected on the role she played in Chauvin’s conviction and Floyd’s legacy, “Even though this was a traumatic life-changing experience for me, I’m proud of myself. 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.”
Source:: Newsy Headlines