Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin “bumped heads” with George Floyd, the man he is charged with murdering, when they both worked at a Minneapolis night club, a co-worker told CBS News.
"They bumped heads," David Pinney told the outlet. "It has a lot to do with Derek being extremely aggressive within the club with some of the patrons, which was an issue.”
“He knew him,” Pinney said. “I would say pretty well.”
Owner says Chauvin was afraid of black people:
Maya Santamaria, the owner of the nightclub that has since been torched by protesters, told CBS that she paid Chauvin for 17 years to sit in his squad car outside the club while off-duty.
Chauvin and Floyd both worked on Wednesdays, when the club had a regular dance competition.
"Do you think Derek had a problem with black people?" a CBS reporter asked.
"I think he was afraid and intimidated," Santamaria said.
"By black folks?" the report asked.
“Yeah,” she replied.
Prosecutors failed to reach plea deal:
The report comes as Minneapolis’ Fox 9 reports that Chauvin was in talks to plead guilty to state murder charges and federal civil rights charges before his arrest.
"There were early negotiations with the defendant (Derek Chauvin), between the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, and the U.S. Attorney,” the Hennepin County Attorney’s office said. “Ultimately, those negotiations failed.”
It’s unclear why the deal fell apart by Chauvin was arrested on murder charges the next day.