George Floyd and Derek Chauvin worked at the same Minneapolis club for a year, but may not have realised.Both worked at the El Nuevo Rodeo Club in 2019, Maya Santamaria, the club’s owner until last year, told ABC5.Chauvin was the club’s off-duty police officer for 17 years and Floyd worked as a bouncer during 2019.”They were working together at the same time, it’s just that Chauvin worked outside and the security guards were inside,” she said.Floyd died on Monday after Chauvin was filmed kneeling on his neck while arresting Floyd, who said repeatedly “I can’t breathe.”Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.
George Floyd and Derek Chauvin worked at the same nightclub in Minneapolis, but may not have known each other.The men were both employed at El Nuevo Rodeo Club for the whole of 2019, according to Maya Santamaria, the club’s former owner, who sold it last year.”Chauvin was our off-duty police for almost the entirety of the 17 years that we were open,” Santamaria told KSTP-TV, the ABC affiliate news station in Minneapolis.Floyd worked as a bouncer at the club for 2019, she said.
“They were working together at the same time, it’s just that Chauvin worked outside and the security guards were inside.”
Maya Santamaria, the former owner of the South Side nightclub in Minneapolis where Floyd and Chauvin worked.
In a separate interview, Santamaria told the Star Tribune newspaper: “If they would have crossed paths it would probably not have been something they remembered.”Andrea Jenkins, the vice president of the Minneapolis City Council, said: “They were coworkers for a very long time.”Floyd died in an ambulance on Monday after Chauvin was filmed in his police uniform kneeling on his neck, an illegal tactic, for eight minutes as Floyd shouted “I can’t breath.”
Chauvin was fired after the incident, and is yet to speak publicly.
The location of El Nuevo Rodeo Club in Minneapolis.
As Insider’s Isaac Scher previously reported, Chauvin was involved in a number of violent incident during his 19 years in the Minneapolis Police Department, including three police shootings.He has been the subject of 10 complaints filed to the city’s Civilian Review Authority and the Office of Police Conduct.Protests have sprung up across the US in the wake of the death — click here to follow the latest developments live.