Back in May of this year, the entire world was outraged when footage emerged of George Floyd being arrested and subsequently killed because of the sheer barbarism of several police officers.
The video was shared globally showing officers roughing Floyd up with one eventually kneeling on his neck for nine minutes as Floyd pleaded for his life and repeatedly told officers he could not breathe.
Floyd also cried out for his mother to help him.
A Minneapolis teenager who recorded the arrest and murder of George Floyd on her phone just received a prestigious award for her courage.@PENamerica, which champions free expression, said Darnella Frazier changed the course of history with that video. pic.twitter.com/Xrv9qjHxxu— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) December 9, 2020
What was the crime Floyd was accused of? Buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill… Killed, for that.
By the time paramedics had arrived on the scene, Floyd was unconscious and showing no signs of life. He was later pronounced dead at the Hennepin County Medical Center roughly an hour later.
The witness video of George Floyd’s arrest resulted in protests and riots across the entire world – and propelled the Black Lives Matter movement to its most powerful yet.
The young teen who recorded the shocking evidence was none other than 17-year-old Darnella Frazier who has now been honored with an award for courage.
In a statement explaining the reason for giving Darnella the award, PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel said:
With nothing more than a cell phone and sheer guts, Darnella changed the course of history in this country, sparking a bold movement demanding an end to systemic anti-Black racism and violence at the hands of police.
Without Darnella’s presence of mind and readiness to risk her own safety and wellbeing, we may never have known the truth about George Floyd’s murder.