[Ed. – The proprietor isn’t sure how well they knew each other, as Chauvin worked exterior security and Floyd was on the security team inside. That said … “off-duty cop” apparently kills long-time co-worker from nightclub? Early times to speculate, but that at least hints at a motive other than “racism.”]
George Floyd and now-former Officer Derek Chauvin both 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.