An off-duty Minneapolis firefighter said she was “determined” to render medical help to George Floyd during his fatal encounter with police — and testified that ex-cop Derek Chauvin seemed “snug” whereas urgent his knee on Floyd’s neck.
Genevieve Hansen, an EMT, said Tuesday at Chauvin’s homicide trial in Floyd’s dying that she pleaded with cops however grew more and more upset after they refused.
“I was involved to see a handcuffed man who was not shifting with officers, with their entire physique weight on his again, and a crowd that was stressed,” Hansen, 27, testified.
“He was not shifting,” she said. “His face was, the very first thing that involved me is his face was like smooshed into the bottom,” she said.
“I believed his face seemed puffy and swollen, which might occur if you happen to have been placing a grown man’s weight on somebody’s neck.”
“I recognized myself immediately as a result of I seen that he wanted medical consideration,” she said. “My consideration moved from Mr. Floyd, to ‘how can I achieve entry to this affected person and provides him medical consideration or direct the officers?’”
Hansen said she tried to get to Floyd however was held again by former Minneapolis officer Tou Thao — one in all three different ex-cops due to stand trial within the case.
“He said one thing alongside the strains of, ‘if you happen to actually are a Minneapolis firefighter you’ll know higher than to get entangled,’” she said Thao advised her.
Hansen additionally said that Chauvin “appeared very snug with the vast majority of his weight balanced on prime of Mr. Floyd’s neck.”
“In reminiscence he had his hand in his pocket,” she said. “He seemed so snug.”
Chauvin, 45, is on trial on second-degree homicide, third-degree homicide, and second-degree manslaughter costs, and faces up to 40 years in jail if convicted.
Protection lawyer Eric Nelson famous inconsistencies in Hansen’s earlier statements to investigators and famous that she was unaware on the time that 911 had been referred to as.
The EMT later sparred with Nelson on cross-examination — to the purpose that Hennepin County District Court docket Decide Peter Cahill cautioned her to stick to answering -questions.
“You’ll agree that your individual demeanor received louder and extra annoyed and upset?” Nelson requested her about Hansen’s actions on the scene.
“Extra determined,” Hansen answered.
“You referred to as the officers a bitch, proper?” Nelson requested.
“I received fairly offended after Mr. Floyd was loaded into the ambulance.”