Everything about Derek Chauvin’s killing of George Floyd has been surprising. From the brutality of the crime itself, to the response from the White House, to the sheer size of the anti-police brutality protests, the fallout from the incident has been a shock to the United States.
Perhaps the most astonishing part of the story, however, may be the fact that the two men worked together for a number of years. And during a recent interview with CBS News, two former co-workers said they were not surprised Chauvin acted in the way he did.
Floyd worked as a bouncer at a Minneapolis club called El Nuevo Rodeo. Chauvin was often hired to sit in his patrol car outside the bar in case additional help was needed.
David Pinney, who also worked at El Nuevo Rodeo, said of the pair’s relationship, “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.”
When asked if he was sure Chauvin would have known Floyd, Pinney replied, “No, he knew him. How well did he know him? I’d say pretty well.”
Maya Santamaria, who owns the nightclub also weighed in. She told CBS, “I was not surprised when I initially saw his knee on his neck, to be honest. Because I’ve seen Chauvin do stuff along those lines. What surprised me was that he didn’t stop right away once George was obviously, ya know, saying, OK, OK.”
Check out a clip of the segment below, courtesy of CBS
In Minneapolis, new details are emerging about a history of friction between George Floyd and former officer Derek Chauvin.
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) June 9, 2020
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