Paramedics Testify George Floyd Had No Pulse When They Arrived

Paramedics testified on April 1 that George Floyd had no pulse and that former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin still held his knee on the Black man’s neck when they arrived at the scene.

On the fourth day of the murder trial of Chauvin, paramedic Seth Bravinder said that there were “multiple officers on top of the patient” when he and his partner Derek Smith arrived and that Floyd did not appear to be breathing.

When asked about a footage that showed him gesturing to Chauvin, Bravinder said that he had to ask Chauvin to move “so we could move the patient.”

According to Smith, he could not find Floyd’s pulse when he had to first check the patient’s neck while the officers were still on top of him.

“In lay terms, I thought he was dead,” Smith said.

“When I arrived on scene, there was no medical services being provided to the patient,” Smith added.

Smith also said that some of the treatments he performed on Floyd could have been done by anyone even without his paramedic training.

“Any layperson could do chest compressions. There’s no reason Minneapolis couldn’t start chest compressions,” Smith commented.

Smith said that paramedics tried to revive Floyd using chest compressions and a defibrillator when they brought him into the ambulance, but none of their efforts worked.

“He was a human being and I was trying to give him a second chance at life,” Smith said.

Firefighter Genevieve Hansen, who was off-duty when she came upon the scene, had earlier testified that “officers did not let me into the scene.”

“I would have been able to provide medical attention to the best of my abilities and this human was denied that right,” Hansen told the court last March 30.


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