The teenager who filmed George Floyd’s death last year will receive a special Pulitzer Prize. According to the jury, 18-year-old Darnella Frazier deserves the most important journalistic prize for “a video that sparked worldwide protest against police brutality”. The jury emphasizes that the images “underline the importance of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice”.
Frazier was out with her 9-year-old nephew when she saw George Floyd being arrested in Minneapolis for allegedly issuing a counterfeit banknote. She recorded on her phone how Officer Derek Chauvin sat with his knee on the neck of the detainee for 9 minutes and 29 seconds because he resisted the arrest.
The images made a deep impression worldwide. Police brutality is more common against black detainees, this time it was clear how someone fought in vain for his life.
Agent Chauvin was found guilty of manslaughter earlier this year. He will hear his sentence next Wednesday, the prosecutors have demanded 30 years in prison.