George Floyd, fired officer Derek Chauvin worked at same Minneapolis nightclub

Interesting fact. They probably did not know each other though from the sounds of it.

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George Floyd, fired officer Derek Chauvin worked at same Minneapolis nightclub

By Bernard Condon | Associated Press

A white Minneapolis police officer and the black man he’s charged with killing both worked as security guards at the same Latin nightclub as recently as last year, but its former owner says she’s not sure if they knew each other. . . .

. . . While Chauvin’s off-duty job at the El Nuevo Rodeo club stretched over 17 years until a few months ago, Floyd only started working there recently as a bouncer and only worked about a dozen events put on by “African American promoters.”

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, left, faces murder and manslaughter charges in connection with the death of George Floyd. (Associated Press)

Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, left, faces murder and manslaughter charges in connection with the death of George Floyd. (Associated Press)

Santamaria, who sold the venue within the past two months, said she doesn’t believe the two men knew each other prior to their fateful encounter Monday night. If Chauvin had recognized Floyd, she said, “he might have given him a little more mercy.”

She said Chauvin got along well with the club’s Latino regulars, but his tactics toward unruly customers on what she referred to as “African American” nights led her to speak to him about it.

"I told him I thought this is unnecessary to be pepper-sprayed. . . .

. . . Another layer in the case was revealed on Sunday after Crump said Chauvin must have known Floyd before the incident that resulted in his death because the two worked a nightclub together as recently as last year, its former owner said.

The club owner said she was unsure if Chauvin and Floyd knew each other while they both worked at the same venue.

"[Floyd’s] family has been notified by the owner of a club that Derek Chauvin was an off-duty police officer while George Floyd was a security guard. And so they had to overlap,” Crump said on CBS News’ “Face The Nation.” “That is going to be an interesting aspect to this case and hopefully upgrading these charges to first-degree murder because we believe he knew who George Floyd was.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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If either defense or prosecution think it will help them, someone will be asked under oath if they knew each other. If they did, it is potentially a major juncture, especially regarding the narratives about how this case relates to society as a whole. Time may tell, and it may not.

The attorney Ben Crump takes on so many of these cases. He currently has the Taylor case, the Arbery case and many others like it. I’m not saying it’s wrong for these families to have an attorney, they should have one to represent their interests. My skepticism comes in when it seems the same attorney starts hitting the news shows making claims that are dubious at best.

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