Former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, facing murder charges in the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, was negotiating with prosecutors over a possible guilty plea deal in the days leading up to his arrest
Chauvin, 44, a white police officer was seen in footage kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes as the victim repeatedly moaned ‘I can’t breathe’ and call out for his mom
Deal fell apart as a former colleague claims Chauvin and Floyd previously ‘bumped heads’ working at a nightclub together
David Pinney who worked with George Floyd and Derek Chauvin at El Nuevo Rodeo said that while they worked together, the two men ‘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 explained
The El Nuevo Rodeo owner, Maya Santamaria confirmed both men worked security at her club last year
Chauvin worked as an off-duty police officer for 17 years she said, had a real short fuse and seemed ‘afraid and intimidated’ by black people
The blanket deal sources was intended to include state murder charges as well as federal civil rights charges.
The revelation comes as David Pinney, who once worked as a security guard with Floyd and Chauvin at a Minneapolis nightclub, claims the pair would regularly ‘bump heads’, which had a lot to do with the moonlighting cop being ‘extremely aggressive’.
Talks were ongoing on May 28 and even delayed a previously announced press conference that day by nearly two hours.
‘I thought we would have another development to talk to you about, but we don’t,’ said U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald during the press briefing outside of the FBI’s Brooklyn Center Headquarters.
By the next day, Friday, May 29, Chauvin was arrested by police and the Hennepin County Attorney had charged him with third-degree murder.
Just under 48 hours later, under intense public scrutiny, Hennepin County asked Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison to join the prosecution.
Derek Chauvin, a white police officer was seen in footage kneeling on Floyd’s neck [photo], for almost nine minutes as the victim repeatedly moaned ‘I can’t breathe’ and call out for his mom
The following day, June 1, Chauvin had been scheduled to make an initial court appearance, but it was rescheduled at short notice.
Two days later Minnesota Attorney General, Keith Ellison, announced that Chauvin’s charge was upgraded to second-degree murder, and the three other officers involved in the arrest of Floyd – J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao – were all charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
Chauvin made his first appearance in court via video link on Monday, during a preliminary hearing in which his bail was set at $1.25 million.
The former law enforcement officer has spent the last week segregated from the general population at the Minnesota state prison in Oak Park Heights, after being transferred several times.
Disgraced former cop accused of murder, Derek Chauvin [photo], is currently being held in the state prison’s Administrative Control Unit
Chauvin is being held under suicide watch at the facility since being moved from Hennepin County Jail on June 1
Chauvin’s bail had initially been set at $500,000, before being increased to $1.25M on Monday. His next court appearance is set for June 29
Appearing in a CBS interview on Tuesday, David Pinney, who worked with Floyd and Chauvin as a security guard at El Nuevo Rodeo last year, described Chauvin as an ‘aggressive’ character in the work environment.
According to Pinney, the two men knew each other ‘pretty well’ and that Chauvin likely knew who Floyd was when he arrested him on May 25.
Pinney told the network that, prior to the fatal arrest, the men knew each other well and regularly ‘bumped heads’ when they were working together.
‘It has a lot to do with Derek being extremely aggressive within the club with some of the patrons, which was an issue,’ Pinney said.
Club owner Maya Santamaria [photo], confirmed both men worked security at her club last year. Chauvin worked as an off-duty police officer for 17 years she said had a real short fuse and he seemed ‘afraid and intimidated’ by black people
The club’s then owner, Maya Santamaria, in an earlier interview confirmed that the two men worked security at the establishment adding that they have had occasion to work the same shift.
‘Chauvin was our off-duty police for almost the entirety of the 17 years that we were open,’ Santamaria told KSTP-TV in May.
When CBS interviewed Santamaria, she explained that she believed Chauvin was ‘afraid and intimidated’ by black people in general.
According to Santamaria, Chauvin had a tendency to flash his temper and overreact to situations.
‘He sometimes had a real short fuse and he seemed afraid,’ she said.
‘When there was an altercation he always resorted to pulling out his mace and pepper spraying everybody right away, even if I felt it was unwarranted.’
Floyd had also worked as a bouncer for a nearby restaurant, the Conga Latin Bistro.
The club which Santamaria owned for 17 years was sold recently.
The building, which is without power due to ongoing protests, is just two blocks east of the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct, which was set on fire by rioters as officers fled the building in their squad cars.
More than two weeks after Floyd took his last breath under the knee of Chauvin, he was was laid to rest alongside his mother in Houston on Tuesday amid global Black Lives Matter protests seen on a daily basis.
Floyd’s death has launched general awareness of improper policing that has generated a nationwide call for defunding the police and prompted.
Earlier on Tuesday, family, friends, and guests packed the Fountain of Praise Church as they said their last goodbyes during an emotional service.
The hearse carrying Floyd’s body followed by his family headed to the cemetery Tuesday afternoon with a police escort.
Members of the New Black Panther group were seen on site standing guard surrounding Floyd’s hearse as the procession exited the church.
Floyd’s casket traveled the last mile of his journey for burial beside his mother in Houston in a horse drawn carriage, on June 9
Cops stood on George Floyd until he’s motionless during the arrest in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. Derek Chauvin [first left kneeling] has been charged with second-degree murder. The three other officers have been charged with felony abetting second-degree murder
In the 15 days since Floyd’s death and his arrest, Chauvin’s world appears to have fallen apart. With protests raging outside his homes in Minneapolis and Florida, he has been abandoned by his wife of a decade, former Minneapolis pageant queen Kellie, 45, who filed for divorce in the day before charges were brought.
His first court appearance came exactly two weeks after video of Floyd’s death. It had been due to take place last week, but was pushed back due to security concerns.
Those same concerns led Chauvin, 44, to not appear in person but via video link from the maximum security Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights where Chauvin has been held under suicide watch since being moved from Hennepin County Jail on June 1.
During the hearing, he spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth and when asked if he had any firearms still in his possession.
His next court appearance is set for June 29.
Floyd’s heart broken niece, Brooke Williams, demands that her men who killed her uncle should pay the price, speaking at his funeral service Tuesday at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston
Meanwhile two of the three officers who participated in the fatal arrest of George Floyd
have tried to place all blame firmly on 20-year-old veteran Chauvin as the most senior officer present, as former MPD officers J Alexander Kueng, 26, Thomas Lane, 37, and 34-year-old Tou Thao, made their first appearance in Hennepin County District Court on June 4,
The fired officers have all been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder – unintentional – while committing a felony and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter, culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk.
Bail for all three was set at $1 million.