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A former employer, Maya Santamaria, of both George Floyd and Derek Chauvin, the officer arrested for Floyd’s death, claims the two men may have known each other in their roles as security at her former bar.
The owner of the South Minneapolis club said both men worked security at her club and their shifts overlapped. She says the two men both worked for her as early as last year.
The owner sold the club a couple of months ago. She is not sure if they ever spoke to one another, according to Forbes, but she is sure at least some of their shifts did overlap.
The bar owner says the ex-police officer worked for her at her club for more than 17 years. Maya Santamaria says that the man seemed always to be scared when he was working and was always quick to use his mace or excessive force, even when she felt it wasn’t warranted.
Question: If Maya Santamaria knew the guy had a temper and leaned toward using excessive force, why did she employ him for 17 years?
I watched all night last night as Minneapolis burned. I witnessed people getting beaten by rioters just for being there. The city’s organizations that served low-income families were demolished by rioters.
Floyd’s family demanded peaceful justice, and have condemned the rioting that has taken place. The only way to see justice happen in this case is for the people involved to be held accountable and to vote out or fire every single city and state official who allowed this cop to continue to work in these neighborhoods.
“My friend sent me (the video) and said this is your guy who used to work for you and I said, ‘It’s not him.’ And then they did the closeup and that’s when I said, ‘Oh my God, that’s him,'” Santamaria said. “I didn’t recognize George as one of our security guys because he looked really different lying there like that.”
Santamaria still operates La Raza 95.7 FM radio station in the same building that houses El Nuevo Rodeo, but a power outage has knocked them off-air as a result of Tuesday’s protests. The Latino owned business is two blocks east of where protests erupted in front of the Minneapolis Police Department Third Precinct and spilled into nearby businesses. Like their neighbors, the building’s glass doors are shattered and now covered in graffiti.”
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