George Floyd and his killer, ex-cop Derek Chauvin, clashed while working at a nightclub together, an ex-colleague claims.
Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Floyd – a 46-year-old black man who died after the Minneapolis cop was seen in video kneeling on his neck.
David Pinney, who worked with the men at El Nuevo Rodeo, told CBS News the pair clashed while working security at the Minneapolis venue.
He said: “They bumped heads.
“It has a lot to do with Derek being extremely aggressive within the club with some of the patrons, which was an issue.”
Floyd worked as a security guard inside the club while Chauvin sat in his patrol car, while off-duty, outside the venue, it has been reported.
Maya Santamaria, the club’s former owner, previously said the pair had worked on the same nights, but she was unsure if the two knew each other.
Santamarina told CBS News she thinks Chauvin “was afraid and intimidated” by black people.
She said Chauvin, who worked for her for 17 years, often lost his temper with patrons and would pepper spray them “even if I felt it was unwarranted.”
Last month, she told KSTP-TV that he “had a real short fuse and he seemed afraid.”