Darnella Frazier, the teenager who recorded George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis last year, received a special Pulitzer Prize citation Friday for her work in capturing the video that launched a nationwide reckoning on racial issues and police in America.
The video, in which she recorded then-cop Derek Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground with one knee on his neck, circulated widely on social media, sparking protests against police violence against black Americans. Frazier was 17 when she recorded the video.
The Pulitzer Prize jury honored Frazier on Friday “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 the truth and Justice “. Ida B. Wells, Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan are previous recipients of the Pulitzer Special Citation and Awards.