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Man Who Claimed George Floyd and Derek Chauvin Bumped Heads at Nightclub Retracts Statement

Busayo Ogunjimi
Jun 12, 2020
05:30 P.M.

George Floyd's co-worker, David Pinney, who claimed to have witnessed disputes between late George Floyd and Derek Chauvin, refuted his claim as he revealed a mix-up.

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It looks like there was never any friction between George Floyd and former policeman, Derek Chauvin. David Pinney, who previously worked with the two in a nightclub, revealed that Floyd and Chauvin were not big fans of each other following the involvement of Chauvin in Floyd's death.

Pinney revealed this during a 50-minute long interview, which he had with CBS on June 6. The interview sheds light on the working relationship between Chauvin and Floyd.

A memorial lies outside the Cup Foods, where George Floyd was killed in police custody, on May 28, 2020. | Photo: Getty Images

A memorial lies outside the Cup Foods, where George Floyd was killed in police custody, on May 28, 2020. | Photo: Getty Images

Pinney has now issued an apology to CBS in which he stated that what he revealed concerning Chauvin and Floyd's relationship was completely false as he had mistaken Floyd for someone else.

The revelation comes a few days after the interview, during which Pinney also stated that Chauvin had aggressive behavior at the club. Pinney stood by his view on Chauvin's character and apologized for the problems his mistake led to in an email that was addressed to CBS. He wrote:

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"I apologize for not doing my due diligence and placing you in a very uncomfortable situation."

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Although it has been revealed that Chauvin never had issues with Floyd before the sad incident, Floyd's family is going forward with a charge of first-degree murder against Chauvin. They have decided to do this because Chauvin knew Floyd before his involvement in his demise.

During the court session, his bail was set at a whopping $1.25 million without conditions or $1 million with conditions.

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It looks like the family might be onto something regarding Chauvin's intention as the nightclub owner, Maya Santamaria, revealed that Chauvin did not treat black men well.

According to Santamaria, he felt intimidated by black men. She opened up about her employee's behavior while appearing on an upcoming CBS show, " Justice For All." She said:

" I think he was afraid and intimidated,"

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Along with the claims and charges which have been piling up on Chauvin in the past weeks, he is also in the middle of a divorce case with his wife, Kellie Chauvin. She separated from him one day after he was charged with second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder of George Floyd.

Kellie is currently requesting the last name change for herself and the titles to both of their houses. Kellie's demands will probably not be fulfilled for a while if Chauvin's previous court appearance is anything to go by.

Grafitti against the perimeter wall of a building complex. | Photo: Pixabay

Grafitti against the perimeter wall of a building complex. | Photo: Pixabay

During the court session, his bail was set at a whopping $1.25 million without conditions or $1 million with conditions. The cost of bond is high due to the graveness of his charges following the death of George Floyd.

Chauvin was seen with his knee placed on the black man's neck after putting him in handcuffs. The incident has generated a strong uproar as the people seek justice for George Floyd.

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