BREAKING NEWS: Teenager Darnella Frazier who filmed George Floyd’s death is awarded special citation by Pulitzer Prizes
- Pulitzer Prizes has awarded a special citation to Darnella Frazier, the teenager who recorded the killing of George Floyd.
- Girl who was 17 at the time happened to be on the scene during Floyd’s arrest
- Her cell phone video of the fatal incident in Minneapolis shocked the world
- It helped lead to charges against four officers and protests around the globe
Pulitzer Prizes has awarded a special citation to Darnella Frazier, the teenager who recorded the killing of George Floyd.
The girl who was 17 at the time spoken out through her attorney to say she never intended to be a hero, and had no idea of the impact the video would have around the world.
Darnella was walking her nine-year-old cousin to get a snack at Cup Foods in Minneapolis on Memorial Day 2020 when she saw four officers pulling a black man from inside a vehicle.
Darnella attorney said she wasn’t looking to be a hero but is ‘just a 17-year-old high school student, with a boyfriend and a job at the mall, who did the right thing’
‘She had no idea she would witness and document one of the most important and high-profile police murders in American history,’ Darnella’s attorney, Seth Cobin, told the Star-Tribune.
‘If it wasn’t for her bravery, presence of mind, and steady hand, and her willingness to post the video on Facebook and share her trauma with the world, all four of those police officers would still be on the streets, possibly terrorizing other members of the community.’
At the time, Darnella had no idea that her cell phone video would capture the action’s leading up to Floyd’s death, images that sparked worldwide protests and upended cities.
Cobin said Darnella wasn’t looking to be a hero but is ‘just a 17-year-old high school student, with a boyfriend and a job at the mall, who did the right thing. She’s the Rosa Parks of her generation.’
Darnella has only publicly spoken once in the aftermath of Floyd’s death, giving a brief comment to the Star-Tribune.
‘The world needed to see what I was seeing,’ she said at the time. ‘Stuff like this happens in silence too many times.’
Corbin said that she didn’t think twice before recording the incident when she saw the encounter between the police and Floyd.
‘Because police brutality is so common in that neighborhood, and the officers rarely face consequences, she pulled out her iPhone and started recording,’ he said.
Darnella is ‘doing well in terms of her outlook and attitude,’ said Cobin, who is based in Minneapolis. ‘She’s staying positive and avoiding the drama on social media.’
Cobin said Darnella ‘hasn’t received threats or anything like that’ but acknowledged she’s been the target of ‘trash talking and shade’ on social media since May 25.
Cobin verified the legitimacy of a GoFundMe page that was established by two women who previously had no connection to Darnella.
‘In addition to the trauma of watching a black man be murdered by police, she has had to deal with trolls, bullies and ignorant people harassing her online,’ they wrote on the fundraising page, which has raised more than $700,000.
‘It took unbelievable courage for her to stand there and bear witness to such an awful tragedy.’