Floyd and Chauvin “Bumped Heads,” Former Co-Worker Says

  • A former coworker told CBS News the duo worked together, knew each other, and frequently bumped heads.
  • Maya Santamaria, the owner of the now protest-torched club, described how Chauvin treated black patrons.
  • Chauvin has been in detention in a maximum-security prison in Minnesota.

New details about the relationship between George Floyd and Derek Chauvin, the killer policeman who knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes, were revealed by a former colleague of the two on Tuesday. That same day, Floyd was buried in his hometown of Houston.

George Floyd was an unarmed African-American man who died on May 25, 2020, after white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for over seven minutes while other officers helped restrain Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota United States. Floyd’s death has been compared to the 2014 death of Eric Garner, who repeated “I can’t breathe” while being suffocated by arresting officers.

The duo’s former colleague, David Pinney said on Tuesday that Floyd and Chauvin not only worked as security guards in the same nightclub, which was already known, but that they “knew each other well,” and had in line of duty accumulated some personal disagreements.

“They bumped heads,” Pinney, who was a colleague of Floyd and Chavin at the El Nuevo Rodeo nightclub in Minneapolis, told CBS

“How?” CBS News asked.

“It has a lot to do with Derek being extremely aggressive within the club with some of the patrons, which was an issue,” Pinney explained. 

Floyd died on May 25 in Minneapolis, after Chavin kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes. Unarmed, the former security guard, who was arrested on suspicion of using a fake $20 bill, repeated “I can’t breathe” several times until he lost consciousness.

Chauvin, 44, was charged with second-degree murder, and three other officers present were accused of aiding and abetting the crime. Floyd’s relatives believe that the murder was engineered by personal issues. The family lawyer asked the authorities to charge Chauvin with first-degree murder “because we believe he knew who George Floyd was.” At his memorial service, his family members called for justice and an end to racism.

“Is there any doubt in your mind that Derek Chauvin knew George Floyd?” CBS News asked Pinney.

“No. He knew him,” Pinney responded.

“How well did he know him?” CBS News inquired.

“I would say pretty well,” Pinney responded.

The George Floyd protests are an ongoing series of protests and demonstrations against police brutality and racism in policing. The unrest began as local protests in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area of Minnesota before quickly spreading across the entire nation and internationally in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Maya Santamaria, the owner of the now protest-torched club, described how Chauvin treated black patrons when she talked to CBS News for the upcoming special, Justice for All.

“Do you think Derek had a problem with black people?” CBS News asked. 

“I think he was afraid and intimidated,” Santamaria said.

“By black folks?” CBS News clarified.

“Yeah,” Santamaria confirmed.

Since the murder, Chauvin has been in detention in a maximum-security prison in Minnesota, accused of second and third degree murder. He had his minimum bail set at $1 million on Monday. The amount can reach $1.25 million dollars if Chavin disobeys court orders.  

George Floyd’s murder, after being pressed to the pavement by a knee to the neck in Minneapolis, did not only spark protests across the U.S., but pushed people worldwide to protest against racism. Many, including world leaders, spoke against the problem.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was one of the world leaders who strongly condemned racism and the killing of George Floyd“The killing of George Floyd is very, very terrible,” Merkel said. “Racism is awful and the society in the United States is very polarized,” she said.

Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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