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George Floyd and ex-officer Derek Chauvin worked security at the same nightclub

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George Floyd and the police officer who kneeled on his neck until he died both worked security for the same south Minneapolis dance club.

The 46-year-old Floyd and former officer Derek Chauvin overlapped shifts at the El Nuevo Rodeo club on Lake Street up until the end of last year, reported KSTP-TV.

“Chauvin was our off-duty police for almost the entirety of the 17 years that we were open,” said Maya Santamaria, who owned the building for two decades but recently sold the venue. “They were working together at the same time, it’s just that Chauvin worked outside and the security guards were inside.”

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Santamaria could not say whether Floyd and Chauvin knew each other because there were often a couple dozen security guards, including off-duty police officers, working on popular Latin music nights.

She did not initially recognize either man in the video showing Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck near the club where they had worked.

“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.”


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Trump campaign lashes out at GOP congressman for calling QAnon conspiracy theory a ‘fabrication’

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This Wednesday, Illinois GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger posted a message to Twitter denouncing the QAnon conspiracy theory cult, saying the people who adhere to the cult's claims have no place in Congress.

"Qanon is a fabrication. This 'insider' has predicted so much incorrectly (but people don’t remember PAST predictions) so now has switched to vague generalities," he wrote. "Could be Russian propaganda or a basement dweller. Regardless, no place in Congress for these conspiracies."

Kinzinger's tweet caught the eye of President Trump's Deputy Director of Communications Matt Wolking, who apparently took issue with the Representative's suggestion that QAnon could be part of a Russian disinformation campaign.

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Kamala Harris reading guide: The best reporting on the vice presidential candidate

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Harris has spent decades in elected office, moving from prosecutor to the presidential trail. If you are just catching up, here are some of the highlights of her journey.

On Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden selected Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., as his vice presidential running mate. We’ve collected some of the best stories on Harris to get you up to speed on the candidate.

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What Trump doesn’t want you to know about Russia’s election interference

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Last Friday, William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, released a statement that “Russia is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former Vice President Biden and what it sees as an anti-Russia ‘establishment.'” It also noted that both China and Iran prefer that Trump be defeated in the November election.

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