Candace Owens, 31, is one of those who commented about the recent guilty verdict of former Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin, 45. While many people believe that justice has been served for George Floyd and are taking to social media to share celebratory messages, her reaction is different.
On April 20, 2021, it was announced that jury in Chauvin’s trial found him guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd. After the announcement, Owens was interviewed by Tucker Carlson, 51.
Owens took to Twitter to share a video of the interview. In the caption, she claimed that Floyd victimized too many people when he was alive.
“What we’re really seeing is mob justice and that’s really what happened with this entire trial,” Owens told Carlson. “This was not a trial about George Floyd or Derek Chauvin. This was a trial about whether the media was powerful enough to create a simulation, decide upon a narrative absent any facts, whether it was powerful enough to repeat showing and talking about a 9-minute clip that came from somebody’s cell phone without adding any context, without showing the full, you know, the full police video which they could have released.”
It was originally claimed that Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds during an arrest at Cup Foods on Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States on May 25, 2020. On the first day of Chauvin’s trial on March 29, 2021, prosecuting attorney Jerry Blackwell revealed that Chauvin actually knelt on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds that day and showed to the jurors the cellphone video taken by eyewitness Darnella Frazier, 18.
“They refused to release the full body cam which would have added more clarity to the fact that the media was lying,” Owens said. “The media came out, let’s not forget this, Tucker, the media came out and told us that this was a man who was just getting his life together. He was a good, you know, good member of society and he got mixed up because a racist white police officer had it out for him and killed him.”