David Pinney, a former colleague of George Floyd and killer cop Derek Chauvin, has revealed that both men knew each other and clashed often while working at a nightclub together.
Pinney says he worked with both men at El Nuevo Rodeo, disclosing to CBS News that Floyd and Chauvin were often at loggerheads while working security at the Minneapolis club.
He said, “They bumped heads. It has a lot to do with Derek being extremely aggressive within the club with some of the patrons, which was an issue.”
Floyd worked as a security guard inside the club while Chauvin sat in his patrol car outside while off-duty.
The club’s former owner, Maya Santamaria, previously said that the two men worked on the same nights, but she wasn’t sure if they knew each other.
Speaking with CBS News, Santamaria said she thinks Chauvin fears black people and is intimidated by them. She disclosed that Chauvin (who worked for her for 17 years) often lost his temper with patrons and would pepper spray them even if she felt it was unwarranted.
“When there was an altercation, he always resorted to pulling out his mace and pepper-spraying everybody right away, even if I felt it was unwarranted”, she said.
Chauvin faces charges of second and third-degree murder in the case of the killing of Floyd. Video footage of him keeping his knee on Floyd’s neck till the latter lost consciousness and died circulated the social media, leading to the former cop’s arrest.
Floyd was buried yesterday in Houston, Texas and his death has sparked continued protest, with the demonstrators calling for an end to police brutality against blacks.
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