George Floyd and Derek Chauvin's former coworker retracts his claim that the 2 men 'bumped heads,' saying he mistook Floyd for another Black employee
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A former employee of George Floyd and Derek Chauvin has withdrawn his claim that the two "bumped heads" were in the nightclub where they both worked.
David Pinney told CBS News on Wednesday that he had mistaken Floyd for another black employee he had worked at El Nuevo Rodeo in Minneapolis.
However, Pinney says he stands by his claim that Chauvin is "extremely aggressive within the club".
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A composite image of George Floyd and Derek Chauvin.
A man who worked in the same club in Minneapolis where George Floyd and Derek Chauvin were employed last year has withdrawn his claim that the two were "stuck heads".
In an interview with CBS News on June 6, David Pinney said he had worked with Floyd and Chauvin at El Nuevo Rodeo, confirming that the two knew each other "pretty well" and that the two men couldn't get along - partly because Chauvin is "extremely aggressive in the club".
But after the story came out, Pinney emailed CBS News on June 10, revoking his claim that Floyd and Chauvin knew each other.
He said he had mistaken Floyd for another black employee who worked in the club.
David Pinney has withdrawn the claim that George Floyd and Derek Chauvin knew each other from their work at El Nuevo Rodeo and "bumped heads".
Pinney said the confusion arose when former club owner Maya Santamaria referred CBS reporter to him and said he could talk about Floyd because the two were close.
This caused Pinney to confuse Floyd for another black man he worked with in the club.
"I apologize for not doing my due diligence and putting you in a very uncomfortable situation," he wrote.
However, Pinnney said he agreed with his statements that Chauvin was aggressive in the club.
The first CBS report asked Santamaria if Chauvin "had a problem with blacks".
Santamaria said, "I think he was scared and intimidated" by them.
At the El Nuevo Rodeo on Lake Street in Minneapolis, where Chauvin and Floyd worked in 2019.
In previous interviews, Santamaria said that while Floyd and Chauvin were working in the club at the same time, she was unsure whether the two would meet there because Floyd worked as a bouncer in the club and Chauvin worked outside.
Santamaria said she paid Chauvin to sit in his patrol car in front of the club for extra security while he was off duty as a police officer.
Given Pinny's withdrawal, it is now unclear whether Floyd and Chauvin knew each other before their fatal encounter on May 25 when Floyd died after Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes during an arrest.
However, the Floyd family believes that the two may have known each other.
Benjamin Crump, who represents the Floyd family, said in recent interviews that they believe the incident may have been personal in part, and that if it is found that the two knew each other, Chauvin's murder charge should be raised to first-degree murder .
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