Fire Fighter Breaks Down in Court When Asked How She Felt Being Denied Access to Help George Floyd

Updated: May 1

“If you really are a Minneapolis fire fighter, you would know better than to get involved.”

Minneapolis, MN - Fire Fighter Genevieve Hansen took the stand today in the Derek Chauvin trial. She was off duty May 25, 2020 - the day that George Floyd died.


Hansen lives within walking distance of Cup Foods which is located at the intersection of 38th and Chicago Ave. in South Minneapolis. When she arrived on the scene that day, George Floyd was already on the ground with former Officer Derek Chauvin’s knee on his neck.

Hansen testified that she knew immediately when she saw Floyd’s face that he needed urgent medical attention. Hansen said that she tried to offer medical aid to Floyd. She was off duty but she identified herself as a fire fighter to former Officer Tou Thao. His response according to Hansen? “If you really are a Minneapolis fire fighter, you would know better than to get involved.” She did everything she could think of to advocate for Floyd, even offering to walk the officers through the steps that she thought they should take.


During questioning, Hansen listed the things she would have done to provide medical aid to George Floyd minutes before his death - had she been allowed to. Hansen broke down in tears saying she felt “totally distressed” being denied access to help Floyd by the officers controlling the scene.

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