George Floyd and his murderer, Derek Chauvin had prior history while working together at a nightclub in Minneapolis, MN. According to a former co-worker of the two, they often “bumped heads,” years before Chauvin’s brutal assault against Floyd. David Penny sat down with CBS News to break his silencing on the Chauvin’s and Floyd’s history as co-workers.

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According to Penny, the tension had “a lot to do with Derek being extremely aggressive within the club with some of the patrons, which was an issue.”

Because of Floyd’s and Chauvin’s history, the Floyd family feel as if the former officer had a personal vendetta against Floyd. Penny also added that Chauvin knew Floyd “pretty well.”


CBS News also sat down with the owner of the club, where Floyd and Chauvin worked. According to Maya Santamaria, she highlighted how former Minneapolis officer treated black patrons at the nightclub. When Santamaria was asked if Derek (Chauvin) had a problem with Black people, she responded, “I think he was afraid and intimidated.”

The CBS reporter asked again for confirmation. Santamaria sternly and confidently verified her previous statement.

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was initially charged with 3rd-degree murder but was later altered to 2nd degree. Penny and Santamaria’s recent statement can be used as evidence of premeditated first-degree murder. The Floyd family attorney, Benjamin Crump, has also pushed for upgraded charges after learning about Floyd and Chauvin’s history.