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Darnella Frazier, the teen who filmed George Floyd’s murder, awarded a Pulitzer citation

Jersey barriers placed by the city of Minneapolis surround memorials in George Floyd Square.
Jersey barriers placed by the city of Minneapolis surround memorials in George Floyd Square.Christian Monterrosa/Associated Press

The Pulitzer Prize board awarded a special citation on Friday to Darnella Frazier, the teenager whose cellphone footage of George Floyd’s murder last summer led to massive protests and sparked a racial reckoning in the country.

Frazier was 17 at the time she filmed Floyd's death under the knee of Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin, and she testified at Chauvin's trial where he would eventually be convicted. Her video contradicted the initial police account of Floyd's death.

A frame from video provided by Darnella Frazier, then-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the neck of George Floyd.
A frame from video provided by Darnella Frazier, then-Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the neck of George Floyd.Darnella Frazier/via AP, File

In announcing the citation, the board said Frazier received the citation for "courageously reporting 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."

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In advance of Friday’s announcement, some media observers had been calling for the Pulitzer Board to give Frazier an award, including four-time former Pulitzer juror Roy Peter Clark.