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George Floyd and officer who knelt on his neck ‘worked together at nightclub’

The officer who knelt on his neck worked together at the same nightclub just months before his death in police custody.

Owner Maya Santamaria said she employed Mr Floyd, 46, and now-former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, 44, until late last year.

Both worked as security guards at the El Nuevo Rodeo club in the US city, she told a local TV news station.

Ms Santamaria, who recently sold the venue after nearly two decades in business, revealed that Mr Floyd and Chauvin worked at her club at the same time, but it was unclear whether they knew each other.

She told KSTP-TV: “Chauvin was our off-duty police for almost the entirety of the 17 years that we were open.

They were working together at the same time, it’s just that Chauvin worked outside and the security guards were inside.”

She was not sure if they knew each other.

Ms Santamaria said she watched footage of Mr Floyd being pinned down by Chauvin and other officers, but she didn’t immediately recognise them.

She added: “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’. I didn’t recognise George as one of our security guys because he looked really different lying there like that.”

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