Image of Firefighter Genevieve Hansen during testimony
New developments have surfaced as the Derek Chauvin case unfolds. According to VICE News, a medical first responder who was witness to Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, testified that she offered to give a dying George Floyd medical attention. Not surprisingly Chauvin and his accompanying officers did not allow her to.
The responder stood feet away from an unresponsive Floyd, begging officers to help him and explaining how to aid him.
“There was a man being killed. And I would have been able to provide medical attention to the best of my abilities, and this human [Floyd] was denied that right.” Said the first responder Genevieve Hansen, 27.
“Had they let me into the scene, I already had decided what his level of consciousness was so I would have requested additional help. I would have checked his airway; I would have been worried about a spinal cord injury because he had so much weight on his neck.” Hansen continued.
The Minnesota first responder heard the screams of a woman, stating that they were killing Floyd. This was when Hansen became aware that this was not a typical medical situation. Her next accounts provided even more disturbing details to that day.
“It didn’t take me long to realize that he had an altered level of consciousness and in our training that is the first sign someone needs medical attention. I noticed some fluid coming from what looked like George Floyd’s body and in a lot of cases we see a patient release their bladder when they die.”
Hansen said that Officer Chauvin appeared to be comfortable with the crushing weight upon Floyd’s neck, even as the man winced painfully beneath him. She then added that Officer Thao told her she would know better than to get involved with the situation.
In a tearful recollection she said, “I was desperate to help.”
Hansen is one of four witnesses to have had an emotional response while taking the stand today, while others admitted to feeling helpless over their inability to help Floyd.
Chauvin’s trail is expected to last another two to four weeks. He is facing second and third degree murder charges, as well as second-degree manslaughter charges in the death of George Floyd.