Chauvin murder trial continues with a paramedic’s testimony (includes video story)

It was an emotional day of testimony in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Witnesses from the scene ranged from young by-standers to an off-duty firefighter.  

Off-duty first responder Genevieve Hansen said she “told [police], if he doesn’t have a pulse, you need to start compressions,” but nothing was done.  

The first responder was brought to tears while on the stand. When asked how she felt, she responded “totally distressed.” 

The other witnesses also described a scene of panic and high emotion while they watched the police officers pin George Floyd down.  

Chauvin’s defense attorney argued that an emotional crowd was a distraction, and that they were threatening to the officers. 

The trial is expected to continue for the next two to four weeks. 

Sophia Lama is a senior at Florida International University majoring in broadcast journalism. She was ABC 7 Chicago’s first-ever race and culture reporting intern. Currently, Sophia is a part of the NBCU Diversity, Equity & Inclusion fellowship in Washington, DC and is interning for ESPN.