It was revealed that the former Minneapolis police officer; Derek Chauvin had worked as a security guard in the same nightclub where George Floyd worked as a bouncer for a couple of events hosted by “African American promoters.”
Derek has been working shift jobs at the El Nuevo Rodeo club in Minneapolis for the past seventeen years while George Floyd only just started working few months ago.
It is therefore suspected that George Floyd and Derek Chauvin could have had unsettled personal dealings and as such, this might have been the basis for Derek Chauvin’s unwarranted inhumane actions towards the deceased.
Although reports from Maya Santamaria, the former owner of El Nuevo Rodeo club in Minneapolis, the club where they both worked said that she’s not sure if George Floyd and Derek Chauvin knew each other at the club, prior to the incident.
Maya Santamaria however disclosed that Derek Chauvin could be very aggressive when it came to discharging his duties as a security officer, especially when the club hosted events that drew a mainly black clientele. She said he most times went overboard with security issues that involved blacks. He sometimes would take out his mace and spray the crowd, which was a method she frowned at, telling him it was unjustified “overkill.”
“He would mace everyone instead of apprehending the people who were fighting, he would call backup. The next thing you would know, there would five or six squad cars.”
Her statement of him confirmed that he was a racist. She said Chauvin got along well with the club’s Latino regulars, but his tactics toward unruly “African American” customers was so brutal she had to speak to him about it.
“I told him I thought this is unnecessary to be pepper-sprayed. The knee-jerk reaction of being afraid, it seemed overkill,” Santamaria said. “It was a concern and I did voice my opinion, but police officers have a way of justifying what they do.”
On the video of Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee, Santamaria said:
“I thought he would have more of a conscience,” she said. “Even if he is a bit racist, he’s a human being… At what point does your humanity overpower your racial bias?”
This altogether might explain why a police officer will decide to be that brutal to a totally unarmed, bulging, and restrained black man.