Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who appears in a video choking on George Floyd’s knee
, has been arrested this Friday. The death of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, and its broadcast on video have sparked protests in this Minnesota state city that have led to violent riots, as well as protests in other cities in the United States.
Chauvin’s arrest comes shortly after the vice president of the city’s city council released a dramatic novelty: The victim and the agent who allegedly smothered him to death were co-workers.
According to Councilwoman Andrea Jenkins, Floyd and the agent have worked at El Nuevo Rodeo, a Mexican restaurant in the city.
“They were both security officers at the restaurant,” Jenkins told CNN. “They were coworkers for a long time.”
The owner of the restaurant, Maya Santamaría, assured the local chain KSTP that the two worked at the same time as “doormen” of the restaurant for 19 years, although she could not assume they were in a relationship.
Wave of protests
Chauvin, who suffocated Floyd for seven minutes with his knee against his neck, when the victim was already handcuffed and despite not having resisted his arrest, was a veteran of El Nuevo Rodeo. “He was our police officer out of service for almost the entire 17 years that we have been open,” Santamaría explained.
“They coincided at work,” added the owner. “Only that Chauvin worked outside and the security guards were inside.”
The Nuevo Rodeo is also in the vicinity of the police station where Chauvin and the other three policemen involved in the tragedy are assigned. The violent riots have left dozens of buildings burned and damaged, including the police station and restaurants near the former Chauvin and Floyd workplace.
George Floyd’s death, videotaped by a witness, has sparked protests and a wave of outrage not only in Minneapolis, but also in other cities in the United States. .