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Darnella Frazier, the teen who recorded a comprehensive video of the killing of George Floyd last May, was recognized on Friday by The Pulitzer Prize board.
Frazier, who was 17 at the time of the incident, was awarded a special citation for "courageously recording the murder of George Floyd, a video that spurred protests against police brutality around the world, highlighting the crucial role of citizens in journalists' quest for truth and justice," the organization said.
Frazier alsoof former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who was in April of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd.
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"He was in pain," Frazier said of Floyd during her testimony. "It seemed like, he knew ... he knew it was over for him. He was terrified. He was suffering. This was a cry for help."
The teen made a now-famous 10-minute cellphone video capturing Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck as he was in police custody on May 25, 2020. Aconducted on June 14, 2020, found that 79% of Americans said they had seen the video.
On the one-year anniversary of Floyd's death, Frazier released a statement about what she witnessed and how it changed her.
"I am 18 now and I still hold the weight and trauma of what I witnessed a year ago," she said. "It's a little easier now, but I'm not who I used to be. A part of my childhood was taken from me."
Prosecutors want more time for federal trial in Floyd death
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors are asking a judge for more time to prepare for the federal trial of four former police officers facing civil rights charges in George Floyd's death, calling the case unusual and complex due in part to the sheer volume of evidence. A federal grand jury indicted Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao last month, alleging they violated Floyd's rights while acting under government authority as Floyd was restrained face-down, handcuffed and not resisting. Chauvin is also charged in a separate indictment alleging he violated the rights of a 14-year-old boy in 2017.
Frazier also was, the literary and human rights organization, with the PEN/Benenson Courage Award for actions.
In addition to Frazier, the Pulitzer Prize board this year recognized other work covering the killing of Floyd.
The staff of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting "for its urgent, authoritative and nuanced coverage of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis and of the reverberations that followed," the board said. The photography staff of The Associated Press also was honored for Breaking News Photography "for a collection of photographs from multiple U.S. cities that cohesively captures the country's response to the death of George Floyd."
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Here's the full list of thein journalism:
- Public Service: The New York Times
- Breaking News Reporting: Staff of the Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Investigative Reporting: Matt Rocheleau, Vernal Coleman, Laura Crimaldi, Evan Allen and Brendan McCarthy of The Boston Globe
- Explanatory Reporting: Andrew Chung, Lawrence Hurley, Andrea Januta, Jaimi Dowdell and Jackie Botts of Reuters; Ed Yong of The Atlantic
- Local Reporting: Kathleen McGrory and Neil Bedi of the Tampa Bay Times
- National Reporting: Staffs of The Marshall Project; AL.com, Birmingham; IndyStar, Indianapolis; and the Invisible Institute, Chicago
- International Reporting: Megha Rajagopalan, Alison Killing and Christo Buschek of BuzzFeed News, New York
- Feature Writing: Mitchell S. Jackson, freelance contributor, Runner's World; Nadja Drost, freelance contributor, The California Sunday Magazine
- Commentary: Michael Paul Williams of the Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch
- Criticism: Wesley Morris of The New York Times
- Editorial Writing: Robert Greene of the Los Angeles Times
- Breaking News Photography: Photography Staff of Associated Press
- Feature Photography: Emilio Morenatti of Associated Press
- Audio Reporting: Lisa Hagen, Chris Haxel, Graham Smith and Robert Little of National Public Radio
- Special Awards and Citations: Darnella Frazier
Minneapolis crews clearing intersection where George Floyd was murdered .
Minneapolis crews clearing intersection where George Floyd was murdered by a police officer just over a year ago, though activists quickly replaced them with makeshift barriers. Some activists oppose the city's effort to reopen the intersection at Chicago Avenue and 38th Street to vehicles. It has been closed off since the murder, a kind of autonomous zone in the middle of the city known as George Floyd Square.