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Teen Who Recorded Floyd's Arrest, Death Wins Pulitzer Nod

Teen Who Recorded Floyd's Arrest, Death Wins Pulitzer Nod”

The New York Times won the public service award on Friday for its coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, while the Star Tribune of Minneapolis won the breaking news award for its reporting following Floyd's killing.

Darnella Frazier, the teen who recorded the murder of George Floyd last summer, has earned a special citation from the Pulitzer Prize board.

The video was seen worldwide and was prominent in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on Floyd's neck, pinning him to the pavement for 9 minutes, 29 seconds, as he said repeatedly that he couldn't breathe. She later testified at Chauvin's trial, with her video proving instrumental in his conviction.

The Pulitzer Prizes recognize some of the year's most important journalism.

Darnella Frazier recorded a 10-minute video of Floyd being pinned by police.

In April, a jury found Chauvin guilty on all murder charges in Floyd's death.

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"I was just in the right place at the right time", Frazier wrote in a Facebook post marking the one-year anniversary of Floyd's death.

"The Floyd story in particular highlighted not only the essential role of journalists, but the increasing importance of ordinary citizens in the quest for truth and justice", Marques said during the Friday ceremony.

It's unusual but not unprecedented for the Pulitzer Board to award citizens who capture news events; the famous photo of a firefighter cradling an infant after the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing was taken by Charles Porter IV, a bank credit officer, and distributed by the AP. Last year, she earned recognition from PEN America.

In that moment, she was the lone witness, a high school student and Black teenager with her cell phone camera trained on four police officers and Floyd taking his final breaths.

"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.

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