“…a potential personal connection discovered between Floyd, 46, and the former Minneapolis police officer who placed his knee over Floyd’s neck, 44-year-old Derek Chauvin, could signal there is more to the case than meets the eye.
Cellphone video of the incident is obviously deeply disturbing, and appears to show Chauvin slowly suffocate Floyd, despite the man begging him for air.
Chauvin was fired after 19 years on the police force immediately following the incident, along with three other officers who stood by idly, and Chauvin was arrested Friday and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter.
…KSTP reported late Thursday that Floyd and Chauvin both worked security at the same night club, and that their shifts sometimes overlapped during a period of time last year.
The former owner of the El Nuevo Rodeo club in Minneapolis told the outlet of the connection between the two men.
“Chauvin was our off-duty police for almost the entirety of the 17 years that we were open,” Maya Santamaria said, adding that Floyd also worked security at the club.
“They were working together at the same time, it’s just that Chauvin worked outside and the security guards were inside.”
Santamaria could not speak as to if the two knew each other.
But the peculiar connection between Floyd and Chauvin is at least worth further examination in favor of reactionary conclusions and behavior, and could change the complexity of the case.
Perhaps this is a case of murder — one that was committed with a disdain for Floyd the person, and not Floyd the unarmed and unknown black man…