George Floyd and Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer
charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death,
worked together at a Minneapolis club as recently as last year,
according to a report from local television station KSTP.
Maya Santamaria, former owner of El Nuevo Rodeo, said that both Floyd and Chauvin worked security at the club.
She said that the two could have crossed paths, though Chauvin mostly
worked outside as an off-duty officer, while Floyd primarily was inside
as a bouncer.
“Chauvin was our off-duty police for almost the entirety of the 17 years that we were open,” Santamaria told KSTP.
“They were working together at the same time, it’s just that Chauvin worked outside and the security guards were inside.”
Santamaria also told the TV station that Chauvin “had a real short
fuse,” adding that he often pulled out mace and pepper spray when she
thought it was unwarranted.
Earlier Friday, Santamaria took to Facebook to lament the burning down
of the building that houses the local Spanish-language radio station La
Santamaria is listed as the CEO of the radio station, which appears to be in the same building as El Nuevo Rodeo.
The building that housed La Raza and El Nuevo Rodeo is a couple of
blocks away from a Target store protesters looted earlier this week.
“Such sad news to wake up and know that all your business and work was
destroyed by the vandalizers,” Santamaria wrote in Spanish in a Facebook
post. “We didn’t manage to rescue anything. My heart is in mourning
today”, she wrote.