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Coworker backtracks on claim of prior links between George Floyd, Derek Chauvin

He clarified his comments to CBS News.

The former coworker of George Floyd and Derek Chauvin has walked back his comments made to CBS News this week that the pair knew each other and had "bumped heads" while working at the same Minneapolis nightclub.

David Pinney earlier this week suggested to CBS that the pair had animosity dating from their time working security at El Nuevo Rodeo in southeast Minneapolis.

But on Wednesday, he wrote an email to CBS saying he had confused Floyd with another fellow coworker, saying there had been a "mix-up."

"I apologize for not doing my due diligence and placing you in a very uncomfortable situation," he told CBS News.

The reporting of Pinney's earlier comments led to Floyd's brother, Philonese Floyd, suggesting in Congress that Floyd and Chauvin knew each other, and that Chauvin "didn't like" Floyd.

Nonetheless, Pinney did stand by his previous comments that Chauvin was "extremely aggressive" in the club.

The Associated Press has previously interviewed Maya Santamaria, the former owner of the club, who said that Chauvin had a form of "macing everyone instead of apprehending people who were fighting," particularly at events that catered for predominantly Black clientele.

The potential for there having been a previous relationship between Floyd and Chauvin is one Floyd's family attorneys are interested in discovering, as it could add weight to the potential for 1st-degree murder charges if premeditation can be proved.

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