Darnella Frazier was just seventeen years old when she recorded George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis last year. Her video played a major role in igniting a global protest movement against police violence, as well as being used as evidence in the trial of George Floyd’s killer. Darnella Fraizer’s video showed former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck. Chauvin held his knee there for nine minutes and 29 seconds.
To honor Frazier’s act, she was awarded an honorary Pulitzer for her video. Committee officials who gave out the Pulitzer said Frazier’s recording highlighted “the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quests for truth and justice.” Darnella stated that said she was proud of herself for recording Floyd’s murder even though it became a “traumatic life-changing experience” for her in the aftermath.