Darnella Frazier, the 17 year old girl who pulled out her telephone and hit record on May 25 during the police killing of George Floyd, has been given a gift for her bravery.
Darnella had gone to the shop together with her younger cousin that day when she saw a person handcuffed and face down on the bottom . She captured former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin pressing his knee into George Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, in what clothed to be Floyd’s final moments.
She shared the video on social media and it went viral, sparking change in her area people , resulting in the firing of the four officers involved, a ban on police chokeholds, a federal investigation, and a worldwide protest against police brutality and racism worldwide.
Frazier was honored for her bravery on Tuesday Immaculate Conception , by PEN America, a corporation that promotes free expression. She received the organization’s courage award.
“With nothing quite a telephone and sheer guts, Darnella changed the course of history during this country, sparking a bold movement demanding an end to systemic anti-Black racism and violence at the hands of police,” PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel said during a statement.
“With remarkable steadiness, Darnella administered the expressive act of attesting , and allowing many millions round the world to ascertain what she saw,” Nossel’s statement read. “Without Darnella’s presence of mind and readiness to risk her own safety and wellbeing, we may never have known the reality about George Floyd’s murder.”
Frazier, a highschool senior in Minneapolis, thanked the organization for the respect at the virtual gala.
“I never would imagine out of my whole 17 years of living that this may be me,” she said.
“It’s just tons to require in, but i could not say many thanks enough for everything that’s been coming towards me.”