A bizarre twist in the murder of George Floyd was reported on Thursday night, as a former club owner in south Minneapolis revealed that Floyd worked at her club as a security guard, alongside recently fired police officer Derek Chauvin, the man who killed him.
Club owner Maya Santamaria says that the two both worked the same security shift at El Nuevo Rodeo club on Lake Street, before the business was sold a few months ago.
“Chauvin was our off-duty police for almost the entirety of the 17 years that we were open. They were working together at the same time, it’s just that Chauvin worked outside and the security guards were inside,” Santamaria told KSTP.
However, Santamaria said that she can’t be certain that Chauvin and Floyd knew each other, because often over a dozen security guards working at the club on any given night.
Still, they did work overlapping shifts, and the fact that one man ended up killing the other should justify further investigation into whether or not the two had a prior relationship.
If Chauvin and Floyd were not meeting for the first time in the moments before Floyd’s death, that could potentially mean that there was a deeper motive behind the murder.
If true, this could make the difference between a manslaughter charge or a murder charge.
As of right now, no other evidence of a prior relationship has been revealed, but this is an extremely strange coincidence, which would be cause for serious suspicion in any other circumstance.
Santamaria says that she did not realize that the men in the video were her former employees until a friend told her.
“My friend sent me (the video) and said this is your guy who used to work for you and I said, ‘It’s not him.’ And then they did the closeup and that’s when I said, ‘Oh my God, that’s him.’ I didn’t recognize George as one of our security guys because he looked really different lying there like that,” Santamaria said.
People around the country are calling for Chauvin to be charged with murder, but thus far no formal charges have been filed against any of the officers involved in Floyd’s death.
All four of the officers who were on the scene at the time of the incident were fired from the police force, but Floyd’s family says that is not enough, and the city’s mayor agrees.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has called for criminal charges against the police officer who killed George Floyd.
“I’ve wrestled with, more than anything else over the last 36 hours, one fundamental question: Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail. If you had done it, or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now,” Frey said.
When asked about which specific charge he would want to see for the officer, Mayor Frey declined to comment, but many legal experts have speculated that Chauvin could face manslaughter charges considering the video evidence against him.
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George Floyd and Derek Chauvin “Bumped Heads” While Working at Nightclub, Says Ex-Coworker
Coworker David Pinney told CBS News that the two didn’t simply know each other – but they also had serious friction between each other.
As mourners laid the body of George Floyd to rest, a former coworker of both Floyd and his killer, now-former Officer Derek Chauvin, has revealed that not only did the two know each other – but they also clashed with one another while working the same shifts at the club.
In a bizarre twist of the ongoing that hints at the potential motivation behind the apparent murder of Floyd, it has been reported that both he and his eventual killer, Derek Chauvin, both worked the same security shift at El Nuevo Rodeo club in south Minneapolis, Minnesota.
But in a shocking development to a story that has become a global example of police impunity in the United States, coworker David Pinney told CBS News that the two didn’t simply know each other – but they also had serious friction between each other.
“They bumped heads,” Pinney told the news station.
“It has a lot to do with Derek being extremely aggressive within the club with some of the patrons, which was an issue,” Pinney continued.
If found guilty of intentional second-degree murder, Chauvin could face up to 25 and a half years in prison, while an unintentional second-degree murder conviction would call for 12 and a half years in prison.
Chauvin was arrested and originally charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter following the uproar resulting from the release of videotaped footage of the killing, but the charges were later upgraded by state Attorney General Keith Ellison.
However, the family of George Floyd has been convinced that the killing was driven at least in part by personal motives. Family attorney Benjamin Crump has also demanded that Chauvin be charged with first-degree murder, “because we believe he knew who George Floyd was.”
Pinney agrees that Chauvin knew his eventual victim, saying: “No. He knew him … I would say pretty well.”
Additionally, club owner Maya Santamaria contends that Chauvin displayed a frightful attitude toward Black patrons of the club where he and Floyd worked.
When asked if Chauvin had a “problem with Black people,” Santamaria commented that she believes “he was afraid and intimidated.”
In the past, Santamaria has commented that Chauvin had a tendency to become unnecessarily aggressive during nights when the club had a primarily Black clientele, especially in terms of by dousing crowds with pepper spray and resorting to calling police as backup in a move she described as “overkill.”
In video footage from May 25 that has been seen tens of millions of times over the past two weeks, Chauvin can be seen choking Floyd with his knee during an arrest attempt that ultimately led to his death.
The white now-former officer held his knee down on the 46-year-old unarmed Black man’s neck for a total of 8 minutes and 46 seconds in total, and two minutes and 53 seconds after Floyd lost consciousness, according to a criminal complaint. Three officers also took part in the deadly events.
The three other former officers who have been charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin during the second-degree killing of Floyd are J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao.