Derek Chauvin murder trial judge blasts witness Genevieve Hansen for 'arguing' with George Floyd 'killer' cop's attorney

THE off-duty firefighter and paramedic who begged to help George Floyd as he lay dying was berated in court by the judge for "arguing" with Derek Chauvin's defense attorney.

Genevieve Hansen, 27, was reduced to tears on Tuesday while recounting the lead up to George's death on May 25, 2020 – before a drastic change in her attitude as attorney Eric Nelson began cross-examining her.


The 46-year-old criminal lawyer seemed to antagonize Hansen when he asked if she would describe witnesses of Chauvin's appalling actions as upset or angry.

"I don't know if you've seen anybody be killed, but it's upsetting," Hansen hit back.

But Judge Peter Cahill ripped into the first responder, instructing her to "just answer his questions" and accused her of being argumentative.

Hansen rejected Nelson's claims that medics had been called five minutes before she stumbled upon the shocking scene.

"You arrived at 8.26.29. The medics were called at 8.21 – code 3," Nelson said.

But she hit back, "I don't believe that."

She was then further maddened by the Hamline University School of Law graduate's line of questioning surrounding her abilities as an EMT and him mentioning that she called officer Tou Thao a "b***h".

Hansen told him: "I'll repeat myself, I know my job, I'm confident in doing my job and there's nothing anybody can do to disturb me."

Judge Cahill jumped on Hansen's alleged hostility and removed the jury from the courtroom while instructing only her and counsel to remain.

He shut down proceedings for the day and told the firefighter to return the following morning at 9:30am.


In unprecedented scenes during the highly-anticipated trial, Cahill gave Hansen an spectacular dressing down for her apparent aggression.

He told her: "I'm advising you do not argue with counsel and specifically do not argue with the court.

"You will not argue with the court, you will not argue with counsel. Answer the questions, do not volunteer information that is not requested. 

"Are we clear on this?"

During her testimony under questioning by Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank, the emotional EMT explained how she had begged to be allowed to give George Floyd medical assistance as he lay struggling on the ground.

"I tried calm and reasoning, I pleaded and was desperate. I was desperate to help," she recalled.

Her desperate please were ignored by the officers and reprehended by officer Thao who instructed her to stay on the curb.

The ex-Minneapolis cop, who held a crowd of around 15 onlookers back,callously remarked: "If you really are a Minneapolis firefighter you would know better than to get involved."

Chauvin seemed very comfortable with the majority of his weight balanced on top of Mr Floyd's neck.

Hansen, who gave evidence sporting her dress uniform and detailed her advanced EMT training said: "There was a man being killed. I would have been able to provide medical attention to the best of my abilities. And this human was denied that right.

"That's exactly what I should have done. There was no medical assistance on the scene and I could have given (it)."

Hansen described the distressing incident while wiping tears from her eyes.

She continued, "The officers were leaning over his body with what appeared to be the majority of their weight on him.

"He wasn't moving, he was cuffed and three grown men putting all their weight on somebody – that's too much."

She told Frank: "Chauvin seemed very comfortable with the majority of his weight balanced on top of Mr Floyd's neck. In my memory he had his hand in his pocket.

"He was comfortable, he wasn't distributing the weight on the car, on the pavement."

The 27-year-old explained she became concerned by Floyd's "altered level of consciousness" and his face being "smooshed" into the ground.

"I noticed some fluid coming from what looked like George Floyd's body and a lot of time we see a patient release their bladder when they die – that's where my mind went.

"He wasn't moving. He was restrained but he wasn't moving."

Hansen is featured in a video from the scene of Floyd's murder, showing her appeal to the officers to let her help, while filming the events herself.

One clip shows her make her own 911 call, telling the operator: "I literally just watched police officers not take a pulse and not to do anything to save a man and I am a first responder myself and I literally have it on video."

She is the third witness who "called the police on the police", alongside emergency service dispatcher Jena Scury and Donald Williams.

Chauvin is on trial for three counts: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

If convicted of the most serious charge, he could face up to 40 years in prison.

The trial continues.

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