Genevieve Hansen tried to help Floyd

MINNEAPOLIS — Just days into the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, jurors have already heard from eight witnesses to the death of George Floyd, and several have broken down in tears on the stand describing their attempts to intervene on his behalf.

The witnesses included a 911 dispatcher, a cashier working across the street, a mixed martial arts fighter, the teenager who recorded the now viral video of Floyd’s death and her 9-year-old cousin, two high school seniors, and an off-duty Minneapolis firefighter.

Some engaged in heated exchanges with Chauvin’s defense attorney Eric Nelson, whose questions have suggested the crowd of bystanders that gathered at the scene was threatening and distracting to the officers. When Nelson asked Genevieve Hansen, the firefighter, if the crowd was “upset,” she said: “I don’t know if you’ve seen anybody be killed, but it’s upsetting.”

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