teen who filmed george floyd's death wins special pulitzer award

Darnella Frazier [photo courtesy]>

Darnella Frazier [photo courtesy]

by Beatrice Ambasa June 12, 2021

Teenager who filmed the killing of George Floyd with her cellphone won a special award this year from the Pulitzer Prize Board, the committee announced on Friday.

Darnella Frazier, 18, stated that she had been walking with her 9-year-old cousin near Cup Foods at the time of his arrest and recorded Chauvin as he kneeled on Floyd's neck for over nine minutes.

 Her evidence at the scene went viral and sparked widespread protests around the world.

In a Facebook post, Darnella opened up saying;

"Everyone talks about the girl who recorded George Floyd's death, but to actually be her is a different story,.. It's a little easier now, but I'm not who I used to be. A part of my childhood was taken from me." Read in a part.

Although celebrities and politicians have celebrated her as a "hero," the teenager said that she doesn't consider herself as such, but rather a girl who "was just in the right place at the right time."

"Behind this smile, behind these awards, behind the publicity, I'm a girl trying to heal from something I am reminded of every day," Darnella wrote. 

She said it has been a "traumatic life-changing experience" that still affects her and her family. 

Frazier testified at Chauvin's trial in March, and her video was shown to the jury as a critical piece of evidence. In her testimony, she became emotional as she recalled Floyd "suffering" and begging for his life.

The Board, which annually recognizes important journalism work throughout the country, awarded the prestigious citation to Darnella for "courageously recording the murder of George Floyd.