EMT Bystander: I Was ‘Desperate to Help’ Floyd but Cops Wouldn’t Let Me


Daily Beast: An off-duty Minneapolis firefighter and trained EMT testified Tuesday that she begged officers to let her help George Floyd as he died—but one of the law enforcers “didn’t let her into the scene” and told her off.

“If you really are a Minneapolis firefighter then you know better than to get involved,” Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao told Genevieve Hansen, according to her testimony in Hennepin County Court on Tuesday.


Dressed in her official uniform, the 27-year-old began to cry as she explained to jurors all the different “tactics” she tried to use to convince the four cops arresting Floyd to let her into the scene. She said she pled, begged, and even cursed at the officers because she was so “desperate to help.”

“I was really concerned. I thought his face looked puffy and swollen which would happen if you are putting a grown man’s weight on someone’s neck,” she said, adding that she was “totally distressed” when her offers to help were ignored. “I identified myself right away because I noticed he needed medical help right away.”

“I was desperate to help and wasn’t getting to do what I needed to do,” she said.

Hansen said she pulled out her phone to record the arrest. After Floyd’s lifeless body was loaded into an ambulance, she said she called 911 “after it all settled in and I wished that I had done that immediately.”

“I literally watched police officers not take a pulse and not do anything to save a man,” Hansen told 911 dispatchers on May 25, according to a recording played in court. As her call was played to the court, Chauvin stared across the courtroom.

Hansen is one of seven witnesses to testify against Chauvin so far as prosecutors seek to prove he used excessive force when he kneeled on Floyd’s neck for over 9 minutes during an arrest over an alleged counterfeit $20 bill.


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  1. Catch-22. By law citizens are allowed to defend themselves (and defenseless others?) when illegally trespassed upon (assaulted) by law enforcement. Doing that in this case would get you arrested and possibly killed. EMT Clara Hansen was mentally, psychologically and emotionally assaulted, as where the other bystanders who witnessed events that day. I would like to think I would have gotten myself killed if I were a witness. I am not very smart that way. I often react on emotion and physical instinct to perceived life threatening events. Witnesses to this are going to need a lot of support to deal with what they saw and to societies’ and justices’ reactions and verdicts. I have not observed our courts being able to handle these things well or appropriately. Epsteins light sentence initially is one example of how insiders and corruption influences outcomes in our courts. And to Mahail, if they were all just actors than the public just got the usual vicarious garden variety assault and and a little schooling by The Powers.

    • Taking into consideration the world-shaking socio-political fallout from the Floyd event, and the known proclivity of the cryptocracy to produce conditions conducive to their desires, one could with high confidence, reason that whether Floyd died on the scene, or was in on a false flag operation, it was no doubt a premeditated event.

  2. I watched part of the trial today. Defense counsel was being aggressive with the questioning of Ms. Hansen because her testimony was simply devastating to the defense’s case and they were desperate. That’s why they were lashing out. It will backfire. She said the police were not following any medical protocols and they seemed willfully indifferent. She testified that the fire dept EMT’s should have been called as they would have arrived much more quickly. Would encourage anyone interested in the trial to watch the video of her testimony.

    Overall the defense case is is big trouble at this point in the trial. Unless they have something up their sleeve, I’d be negotiating a plea deal if I were defense counsel.

    • Did they trot out the ‘Excited Delirium’ defense yet? I bet that they are banking on that one big time. It’s a physical, psychological disorder discovered by beat cops where people they apprehend are actually walking dead zombies and the physical punishment they parcel out is an attempt to save their life. Man, that really does sound like the IDF. Money well spent on training programs. How to make things that look horrible sound good to a segment of the population.

    • it will be interesting to see how the defense continues with Ms. Hansen in the morning…but she crushed them and it was wonderful to see and hear.

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