Teen Who Recorded George Floyd’s Arrest Honored With Reward | 22 Words

The teenage girl who recorded and shared George Floyd's brutal arrest has been honored with an award to commend her courage and bravery on that tragic day.

She has truly made a difference to this world...

The world changed forever on May 25th when George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was ruthlessly killed by police officers.

And it caused global outrage.

The forty-six-year-old father was arrested and forced to the ground...

Where former police officer, Derek Chauvin, proceeded to kneel on his neck, while 3 other officers knelt on his back. After nearly ten minutes, George was completely unresponsive. An ambulance arrived and took the unconscious man to the hospital but, devastatingly, he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

George died unlawfully at the hands of these officers.

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The independent autopsy confirmed that he had passed away as a result of "asphyxiation from sustained pressure." This pressure had cut off blood flow to his brain, the autopsy concluded.

This kind of unjust police brutality towards Black men and women has been happening for centuries now...

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But George's death sparked an outrage like never before.

Thousands upon thousands of people began taking to the streets in protest...

And they were all marching for one thing: For the end of blatant racism and injustice in this country.

The increased awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement was ultimately triggered by the protestors...

And still, to this very day, justice is being demanded not only for George Floyd, but also for so many other Black people who have died at the hands of racism and law enforcement.

In the days following the incident...

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There was an overwhelming demand for the 4 police officers involved - Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao - to face criminal charges for their actions.

The day after George's death, it was announced that all 4 officers had been fired...

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And after an overwhelming surge of anger and protest, the officers were arrested just days later.

Justice was finally served.

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Derek Chauvin, the man who had knelt on George's neck, was arrested and charged with murder in the third degree and manslaughter. His bond was set at $50,000 before he faced an upgraded charge of second-degree murder, according to Minnesota Senator, Amy Klobuchar.

And alongside his charge of second-degree murder...

Derek went on to be charged with 9 felony counts of aiding and abetting tax fraud in Washington County, Minn, according to the Minnesota Reformer.

Even though the officers responsible are now behind bars and the awareness of racism is bigger than ever...

So many people continue to struggle to remove the harrowing images of George's final moments from their minds... and that's all thanks to one person in particular.

Seventeen-year-old student Darnella Frazier was the person who filmed George's brutal death...

And she was the one who decided to share the harrowing footage online that would be viewed by millions of people.

Darnella can be heard confronting and questioning the officers in the video...

And she can also be heard demanding Derek Chauvin to release his knee from George's neck as he was "killing him."

Her bravery to confront the officers, as a Black woman, was remarkable...

And ever since the tragic event, she has been campaigning endlessly for BLM and the end of racism in the U.S.

Darnella has become a hero...

And to commend her brave actions, she has been honoured with the PEN America award for courage.

She received her award at a virtual gala hosted by the literary and human rights organization PEN America last week.

She was one of a number of people honored at the event, including other activists, artists, and former president Barack Obama.

Darnella was described as "quick-thinking and dauntless," and CEO Suzanne Nossel commended the teenager’s "exceptional courage."

"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," she said, as per LadBible.

She went on:

"With remarkable steadiness, Darnella carried out the expressive act of bearing witness and allowing hundreds of millions around the world to see what she saw. 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. We are proud to recognize her exceptional courage with this award."

Darnella spoke of how she "never would’ve imagined" in her life that she could win the award.

Speaking to NBC News, per USA Today, she added, "It’s just a lot to take in, but I couldn’t say thank you enough for everything that’s been coming towards me."

Congratulations, Darnella!

This award is the least that this young woman deserves after what she's done to try and make a difference for Black people all around the world. If you want to educate yourself more on the BLM movement, scroll on...