Darnelle Frazier, 18, was awarded the Special Pulitzer Prize this Friday, June 11, 2021, one of the most prestigious awards in the United States and the world. This young woman, who went shopping on May 25, 2020, witnessed the murder of lafroamericain Georges Floyd in Minneapolis. She had the reflex to film the scene that quickly toured the world. A video that helped convict police officer Derek Chauvin and compensate the victim’s family to the tune of $27 million.
Darnelle Fraizier can be proud of her. The Pulitzer jury gave him a well-deserved tribute by awarding him this Friday, June 11, one of the most prestigious awards in journalism in the United States and in the world. The 18-year-old, thanks to her video taken on May 25, 2020, the day of the murder of Georges Floyd, allowed investigators to shed light on this scene that sickened the world. “I did not know this man (…), but I knew that his life mattered (…) It changed me, it changed my vision of life. It made me realize how dangerous it is to be black in the United States,” Darnella Frazier wrote on her Facebook page on the first anniversary of George Floyd’s death.
This video sparked a wave of protests against police brutality and, above all, shed light on this deliberate homicide. Indeed, the public prosecutor requested 30 years in prison against Derek Chauvin, who will face his sentence on June 25, 2020. In the video taken by Darnella Fraizer, we see the culprit Derek Chauvin leaning his knee in the back of the victim, lying on his stomach, for several minutes before he loses consciousness.
The jury of this grand prize, after honoring the 18-year-old girl, insisted on “the crucial role of citizens in the quest for truth and justice for journalists.”