We continue to learn more disturbing details about what may have been contributing factors leading up to George Floyd‘s death late last month.
Of course, you’ll recall he died after a Minnesota police officer named Derek Chauvin (pictured above, right in his mugshot photo) was shown on video to have his knee on the man’s neck for nearly nine minutes, while Floyd begged and pleaded for his life. Chauvin has since been fired by the Minneapolis Police Department and charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Now, though, a man who used to work with both Chauvin and Floyd at the same Minneapolis nightclub has come forward, alleging the disgraced cop was “well acquainted” with the victim before his death. He revealed the two “bumped heads” regarding Chauvin’s “aggressive” handling of patrons while they worked security together at the establishment. Wow…
David Pinney spoke to CBS News this week about his past experience with both men at the El Nuevo Rodeo club in Minneapolis. And according to Pinney, who also worked security with Chauvin and Floyd, the off-duty cop and eventual victim would frequently be frustrated with each other during their working hours:
“They bumped heads. It has a lot to do with Derek being extremely aggressive within the club with some of the patrons, which was an issue.”
Pinney further echoed previous claims made by the club’s owner, Maya Santamaria, that Floyd and the former cop were absolutely acquainted before that fateful day last month. When asked how well the 44-year-old Chauvin knew his eventual alleged victim, Pinney bluntly stated “I would say pretty well.”
Suddenly, pre-meditation starts to become clearer and clearer, doesn’t it?!?! This wasn’t some random altercation on the street with a suspected criminal, but a meeting between two men who knew each other and had a bad history together… so scary!!!
Meanwhile, In Minneapolis…
Thomas Lane (pictured above, left in his mugshot photo), the rookie now-former cop who was one of the other officers at the scene during Floyd’s death, has been released from jail after posting his $750,000 bail.
No word on where Lane got the money to get out of jail like that. When asked, his lawyer cryptically told the media “it’s pretty good news.” But at least for now, Lane is out and about, awaiting his day in court. At one point in the last couple of days, Lane’s family had apparently been soliciting donations online.
The rookie cop and two other now-former officers are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. If found guilty, they each could face a maximum of 40 years in prison.
Floyd’s funeral was held Tuesday.
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