As investigators are piecing together the cases being made against the four officers involved in the death of George Floyd, a co-worker of the slain 46-year-old is speaking out. Soon after Floyd’s death, it was reported that he and Derek Chauvin, the disgraced ex-police officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, knew his victim. The two men reportedly worked at a nightclub together, and now one of their coworkers has come forward with claims that Chauvin and Floyd didn’t get along.
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“They bumped head,” David Pinney said. “It has a lot to do with Derek being extremely aggressive within the club with some of the patrons, which was an issue.” The news station went onto say that the Floyd family believes that the kneeling incident that led to the death of George Floyd was “personal.” There’s also no doubt in Pinney’s mind that Derek Chauvin knew exactly who he was kneeling on.
“No, he knew him,” Pinney continued. “Pretty well.” Maya Santamaria, the owner of the nightclub where Chavin and Floyd worked together, also said that Chauvin seemed “afraid and intimidated” by black people. According to Santamaria, when he was off-duty, Chauvin was paid to sit outside of El Nuevo Rodeo inside of his squad car. George Floyd worked security inside, and both men were on duty on Tuesday evenings.