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  • The teen who filmed the viral video of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of George Floyd for more than nine minutes in May 2020 has been awarded an honorary Pulitzer prize.
  • While testifying at Chauvin’s trial, Frazier told the jury she wished there was more she could have done, saying she “stayed up apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more.”
  • “My video didn’t save George Floyd, but it put his murderer away and off the streets. You can view George Floyd anyway you choose to view him, despite his past, because don’t we all have one?” Frazier wrote in a Facebook tribute.

The teen who filmed the viral video of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of George Floyd for more than nine minutes in May 2020 has been awarded an honorary Pulitzer prize — an award widely regarded as journalism's highest honor. 

Darnella Frazier, who was 17 at the time and would later testify at Chauvin’s trial, was one of the crowd of people who urged Chauvin to remove his knee from Floyd’s neck. 

While testifying at Chauvin’s trial, Frazier told the jury she wished there was more she could have done, saying she “stayed up apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more.” 

"But it's like, it's not what I should have done," Frazier added, according to NBC. "It's what he [Chauvin] should have done."


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Frazier wrote in a tribute post on Facebook May 25 she knew when she came upon the scene that she was witnessing “another black man in danger with no power.” The 18-year-old continued that the experience fundamentally altered her existence, adding that she still holds “the weight and trauma.” 

“My video didn’t save George Floyd, but it put his murderer away and off the streets. You can view George Floyd anyway you choose to view him, despite his past, because don’t we all have one?” she wrote.

Chauvin was convicted in April of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.


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Published on Jun 11, 2021