Genevieve Hansen—a 27-year-old Minneapolis firefighter with state and national EMT certifications—was a witness on Tuesday, testifying about Chauvin’s arrest and detainment of George Floyd.
Hansen mentioned that she attempted to provide Floyd medical assistance, but was denied by officers.
When she was later cross-examined by Eric Nelson, Chauvin’s attorney, Hansen’s demeanor apparently changed.
The Daily Mail reported on the exchange between the witness and Judge Cahill, noting that Hansen’s demeanor suddenly changed as she was cross-examined by Chauvin’s attorney Eric Nelson, who asked if she would describe bystanders at the scene of Floyd’s arrest as upset or angry.
Hansen said: “I don’t know if you’ve seen anybody be killed, but it’s upsetting.”
Judge Cahill stepped in after this snide remark, and cautioned Hansen to stop being argumentative, instructing her to “just answer his questions.”
During the questioning, Hansen refused to believe Nelson when he said that medics had been called five minutes before she arrived on the scene and got frustrated when he pointed out that she called officer Tou Thao a b***h and as he quizzed her on her ability to do her job as an EMT.
As the tensions continued in the courtroom, Cahill sent the jury out for the day, shutting down proceedings while instructing the witness and counsel to remain.
The Daily Mail reported:
In an extraordinary dressing down the judge turned to an increasingly combative Hansen and told her in no uncertain terms: “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?”
He then instructed that Hansen return to the courtroom at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.
“Chauvin was one of four arresting officers who detained Floyd in May after receiving a report of a man passing fake money at a convenience store. While detaining Floyd, Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes,” The Daily Wire noted Thursday.
“Chauvin’s attorneys argue that Floyd’s drug use was a crucial factor in his death. The Hennepin County medical examiner reported after Floyd’s autopsy that the deceased had potentially lethal levels of drugs in his system.”
Chauvin is currently standing trial for second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. The former officer can be found guilty of all, some, or none of the charges, since they are individual charges.
According to the Associated Press, Chauvin, who has no previously criminal history, is likely looking at “serving about 12 1/2 years whether he is convicted of second or third-degree murder.” The manslaughter charges, which comes with the lowest burden of proof, “means a maximum of just 10 years behind bars if convicted.”