George Floyd and the police officer charged with his murder knew each other “pretty well” and regularly “bumped heads” when they worked together at a nightclub in Minneapolis, a co-worker has claimed.
Speaking to CBS on Tuesday, David Pinney said he worked with the pair as a security guard at El Nuevo Rodeo last year.
“They bumped heads,” Mr Pinney said. “It has a lot to do with Derek being extremely aggressive within the club with some of the patrons, which was an issue.”
Mr Pinney said the two men knew each other “pretty well” and said that Mr Chauvin probably knew who Mr Floyd was when he arrested him.
“He knew him,” Mr Pinney told CBS. “I would say pretty well.”
The owner of the club, Maya Santamaria, had previously told local outlet KSTP that Floyd and Chauvin overlapped shifts on popular music nights within the last year.
Santamaria said that Chauvin stood guard outside, acting as the nighspot’s “off-duty police” for 17 years, while Floyd worked inside.
She also said she was not sure if Floyd and Chauvin knew each other — but Pinney was confident they did.
Santamarina told CBS News she thinks Chauvin “was afraid and intimidated” by black people.
She said Chauvin, often lost his temper with patrons and would pepper spray them “even if I felt it was unwarranted.”
The news comes after Mr Floyd was laid to rest next to his mother in his hometown of Houston, Texas, on Tuesday, nearly two weeks after his death in Minneapolis.
He was lovingly remembered as Big Floyd, a “gentle giant”, a father and brother, athlete and mentor, and now a force for change.
His brother Rodney told mourners: “Everybody is going to remember him around the world. He is going to change the world.”
Derek Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder after he knelt on George Floyd’s neck during an arrest on May 25 till he died.
Video from the incident showed Floyd saying “I can’t breathe” multiple times but Chauvin did not move his knee.
Floyd’s death has sparked protests and unrest across the country as well as the world.