Pulitzer Prizes has awarded a special award to Darnella Frazier, the teenager who documented the murder of George Floyd.
The girl, who was 17 at the time, said through her lawyer that she never intended to be a hero, and had no idea of the impact the video she shot would have around the world.
Darnella was having a bite to eat with her nine-year-old niece at Cup Foods in Minneapolis on Memorial Day 2020 when she saw four officers pull a black man from a vehicle.
Darnella’s lawyer said she didn’t want to be a hero, but is “just a 17-year-old high school student, with a boyfriend and a job at the mall, who did the right thing”
Darnella Frazier when they found Floyd pinned to the ground by Chauvin and two other police officers
Darnella (pictured) has spoken publicly about her now infamous recording on May 25, 2020, but the cameras weren’t allowed to film her and she was referred to in court by her first name only
“She had no idea she would witness one of the most significant and high-profile police killings in American history,” Darnella’s attorney, Seth Cobin, told the paper. Star StandTri.
“Without her courage, presence of mind and steady hand, and her willingness to post the video to Facebook and share her trauma with the world, all four police officers would still be on the streets, possibly terrorizing. other members of the community.’
At the time, Darnella had no idea that her cell phone video would capture the action that led to Floyd’s death, images that fueled worldwide protests and rocked cities.
Cobin said Darnella wasn’t looking for a hero, but is “just a 17-year-old high school student, with a friend and a job at the mall, who did the right thing. She’s the Rosa Parks of her generation.’
During the trial of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, Darnella testified that she started filming because she felt what she was seeing “wasn’t right.”
Darnella claimed that Chauvin pressed his knee even harder into Floyd’s neck as the growing crowd begged him to stop — and that he didn’t remove his knee even as paramedics searched for a heartbeat.
Darnella said, ‘I heard George Floyd say, ‘I can’t breathe, please get off me.’ He wept for his mother and he was in pain.
More than a year has passed since George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after now-convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes. In the photo the supermarket where the murder took place
“It seemed like he knew it was over for him. He was terrified, he suffered. This was a cry for help.’
When an ambulance finally arrived, Darnella claimed paramedics treating Floyd had to tell Chauvin to remove his knee from the unconscious man’s neck.
“The paramedic really had to tell him to get up. He checked his pulse first while Chauvin’s knee was still on Floyd’s neck,” she said. “The paramedic did a ‘stand up’ motion and basically told him to remove his knee.”
Darnella has spoken publicly about her now infamous recording on May 25, 2020, but the cameras were not allowed to film her and she was referred to only by her first name in court.
At the end of her testimony, Darnella collapsed when she told the judges how seeing and filming Floyd’s death affected her life.
“When I look at George Floyd, I look at my father, I look at my brothers, I look at my cousins, my uncles because they are all black,” she said. “I have a black father, black brother, black friends and when I look at that, I think how they can be.”
She also gave a short commentary to the Star-Tribune last year.
“The world had to see what I saw,” she said at the time. “Things like this too often happen in silence.”
Corbin said she didn’t think twice before recording the incident when she saw the encounter between the police and Floyd.
“Because police brutality is so common in that area and the officers rarely face any consequences, she grabbed her iPhone and started recording,” he said.
Darnella “does well in terms of her outlook and attitude,” says Cobin, who is based in Minneapolis. “She stays positive and avoids the drama on social media.”
Cobin said Darnella “has not received any threats or anything like that,” but acknowledged that she has been the target of “trash talk and shadow” on social media since May 25.
Cobin verified the legitimacy of a GoFundMe page founded by two women who had no connection with Darnella before.
“In addition to the trauma of seeing a black man murdered by the police, she has had to deal with trolls, bullies and unwitting people harassing her online,” they wrote on the fundraising page, which has raised more than $700,000.
“It took incredible courage for her to stand there and witness such a terrible tragedy.”
George Floyd’s Amural painted downtown to commemorate George Floyd’s life is displayed on the anniversary of his death on May 25, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin sparked protests and movements around the world