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George Floyd and Derek Chauvin had a history of not getting along, former coworker says

A former coworker is saying George Floyd and Derek Chauvin worked together at a nightclub and had a history of not getting along.
Combination photo of George Floyd and Derek Chauvin. (Christopher Harris via AP/Hennepin County Sheriff)

HOUSTON (KHOU) — There are new developments concerning the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd.

Reports had surfaced before that Derek Chauvin worked security at the same nightclub as Floyd. Now, one man is saying that the men knew each other and had a history of not getting along.

That man worked security at El Nuevo Rodeo club with both men and spoke with CBS News.

“They [Chauvin and Floyd] bumped heads,” David Pinney told CBS News. “It has a lot to do with, with Derek being extremely aggressive within the club with some of the patrons, which, which is, which was an issue.”

CBS News asked Pinney if he had any doubt the men knew each other.

"No. He knew him," Pinney said. "I would say pretty well.”

According to the Associated Press, the owner of the popular Latin nightclub said Floyd and Chauvin both worked as security guards there as recently as last year, but it’s not clear whether they worked together. Chauvin served as an off-duty security guard at the nightclub for nearly two decades, and Floyd had worked there more recently for about a dozen events featuring African American music, Maya Santamaria told the AP.

Santamaria, who recently sold the venue, said Chauvin got along well with the regular Latino customers but did not like to work the African American nights. When he did, and there was a fight, he would spray people with mace and call for police backup and half-dozen squad cars would soon show up, something she felt was “overkill.”

The Floyd family has said they believe what happened between Chauvin and George Floyd was personal, and their attorney has been pushing for him to be charged with first-degree murder.

Chauvin is charged with second degree murder and manslaughter. His bond has been set at $1.25 million without conditions and $1 million with conditions.

The Houston community said their final goodbyes to George Floyd at a memorial service on Tuesday, and he was laid to rest in a grave beside his mother.