Firefighter Genevieve Hansen, 27, told a court that she was “desperate” to check Mr Floyd’s pulse but was denied access by the officers detaining him.
She emotionally described how she begged the officers to check for signs of life and that after Mr Floyd’s limp body was loaded into an ambulance she called 911 to report what she had seen.
“There was a man being killed, and had I had access to a call similar to that I would have been able to provide medical attention to the best of my abilities and this human was denied that right,” she told the court.
“I think it all settled in that I wished I had called 911 immediately, it was ridiculous that Fire Station 17 was a close as it was and they hadn’t been there.
“I should have called 911 immediately but didn’t. When things calmed down I realised I wanted them to know what was going on and to basically report it.”
She asked to be transferred to a supervisor but the call ended quickly as “there was a lot going on.”
“I was still worried about the witnesses on scene, particularly as they were people of colour and Black men. I was worried for their safety as the officers were still on scene.”
Ms Hansen told the court that she was an EMT certified firefighter, and had been on a walk on a day off when she came across the incident.
She said she was “concerned to see a handcuffed man who was not moving with officers with their whole body weight on his back and a crowd that was stressed out.”
She then said she that Officer Thao had been “demanding” that she remained on the sidewalk and started to record the scene with her phone.
She said she recognized Mr Chauvin’s face from a previous call they had both attended but did not know him.
“I noticed they were leaning over his body, it appeared to be the majority of their weight on Mr Floyd. I remember seeing four on his body, we know now it was three.
“He was not moving and he was cuffed and three gown men is a lot of weight to put on somebody, too much.”
She described Mr Floyd has having a “puffy and swollen” face and was concerned about fluid leaking out of his body.
“We see a patient release their bladder when they die. That is where my mind went. He was not moving, he was being restrained but he was not moving,” she said.
She then said she had “assessed his alternative level of consciousness” and needed to know if Mr Floyd still had a pulse.
And she said that Mr Chauvin, whom she recognised from a previous call they had both worked, seemed “very comfortable” with his weight on Mr Floyd.
“In my memory he had his hand in his pocket he looked so comfortable,” she said.
Ms Hansen said she then identified herself to Officer Thao, but told the court that the policeman told her that “if you really are a Minneapolis firefighter you would know better than to get involved.”
“i was worried he would not believe me and would not let me help, and that is not right, that is exactly what I should have done,” she said.
“There was no medical assistance on scene, I got there and I could have given medical assistance. That is exactly what I should have done.
“Had they let me into the scene I already had decided what his level of consciousness was and I would have requested additional help and wanted someone to call 911 to get the paramedics and firefighters to come.”