Pulitzers give special award to Darnella Frazier, who filmed George Floyd's murder

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A teenager who filmed the murder of George Floyd by a white police officer has been given a special journalism award by the Pulitzer Prize board.

Frazier, who was only 17-years-old at the time of the police killing, was honored for "courageously recording the murder of George Floyd, a video that spurred protests against police brutality around the world".

The almost 200-word document doesn't mention the fact former police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds. "He was suffering. He was in pain".

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, who acknowledged "the material and the creator fall outside the traditional boundaries" of the prizes but that her video has a "social and ethical goal, one that aligns with journalistic values".

Darnella Frazier, now 18, was awarded the citation for her courage, the Pulitzer committee said.

Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in April and is scheduled to be sentenced June 25.

The Pulitzer Prizes in journalism and the arts were announced Friday recognising the best work in a year in which people isolated themselves because of a deadly pandemic and took to the streets over racial injustice.

The citation went on to note how her recording worked to highlight the "crucial role of citizens in journalists' quest for truth and justice".

The Pulitzers are the most prestigious journalism awards in the US.

Frazier was also honoured past year by PEN America, a literary and human rights organization.

Ms Frazier described hearing Floyd "saying I can't breathe'". She said she looks at her father and other Black men in her life and thinks about "how that could have been one of them".

"It's been nights I stayed up apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more and not physically interacting and not saving his life", she said. All four also face federal civil rights charges.

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