George Floyd and now-former police Officer Derek Chauvin who killed Floyd both reportedly worked security at the El Nuevo Rodeo club on Lake Street, according to Maya Santamaria.
Santamaria owned the building for nearly two decades, but sold the venue within the last few months.
‘Chauvin was our off-duty police for almost the entirety of the 17 years that we were open,’ Santamaria said. ‘They were working together at the same time, it’s just that Chauvin worked outside and the security guards were inside.’
Although the two overlapped working security on popular music nights within the last year, Santamaria can not say for certain they knew each other because there were often a couple dozen security guards, including off-duty officers.
Santamaria says she did not recognize either one of her security guards in the video showing Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck not far from where they used to work.
‘My friend sent me (the video) and said this is your guy who used to work for you and I said, ‘It’s not him.’ And then they did the closeup and that’s when I said, ‘Oh my God, that’s him,” Santamaria said. ‘I didn’t recognize George as one of our security guys because he looked really different lying there like that.’
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