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On Day 2 Of Testimony In Derek Chauvin Trial, Mpls. Firefighter Testifie

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Today, the jury heard from a Minneapolis firefighter who tried to intervene during the fatal encounter between Chauvin and George Floyd, Esme Murphy reports (2:57). WCCO 4 News At 6 - March 30, 2021

Video Transcript

FRANK VASCELLARO: It is day two of testimony in the Derek Chauvin trial. Today, the jury heard from a Minneapolis firefighter who tried to intervene during the fatal encounter between Chauvin and George Floyd.

- Mr. Floyd, you saw what your memory told you was four police officers on him, right?

GENEVIEVE HANSON: Correct.

- But you now know that it was three, right?

GENEVIEVE HANSON: Cross-examining Minneapolis firefighter Genevieve Hanson. Her testimony will pick up tomorrow morning with more questions from Nelson. Esme Murphy is live with more on her testimony, as well as hearing from five other witnesses today. Esme?

ESME MURPHY: Well, Frank, of the many videos that have now surfaced, you can see Genevieve Hanson in most of them, arguing with the officers and trying to help George Floyd. She is one of the people that tried to come to the aid, and she took her own video that night.

- Are you really a firefighter?

GENEVIEVE HANSON: Yes, I am, from Minneapolis.

- OK, OK. Then get on the sidewalk.

GENEVIEVE HANSON: Show me his pose.

ESME MURPHY: Firefighter Genevieve Hanson broke down as she testified that the officers would not let her intervene and help George Floyd.

- Were you frustrated?

GENEVIEVE HANSON: Yes. I was desperate to help, and I wasn't getting what I needed to do.

ESME MURPHY: Also played in court, her 9-1-1 call, calling Minneapolis police on their own officers.

GENEVIEVE HANSON: I literally watched police officers not take a pulse and not do anything to save a man.

ESME MURPHY: Also testifying, several teen witnesses. One teen's video that we had not seen before was played side-by-side with surveillance video from across the street. Because she was 17 at the time, only Alyssa Funari's audio was played on the courtroom feed.

ALYSSA FUNARI: I was upset because there was nothing that we could do as bystanders except watch them take this man's life in front of our eyes.

ESME MURPHY: Also testifying, 18-year-old Darnella Frazier, who took the now-infamous nearly 10-minute video of the incident that went viral. Through tears, she said witnessing Floyd's death has forever changed her.

DARNELLA FRAZIER: When I look at George Floyd, I look at my dad, I look at my brothers, because they are all Black.

ESME MURPHY: Now, there were six eyewitnesses who testified today, from different races, different ages, from different backgrounds. But they all had remarkably similar testimony in this sense: they all testified that they were horrified by what they saw from the police, and they all testified they are deeply troubled by the fact that they were not able to help George Floyd.

FRANK VASCELLARO: Esme, thank you. CBSN Minnesota is your source for live updates during the Derek Chauvin trial. We'll be streaming the entire trial with extensive team coverage and analysis. You can watch free on any device via the CBS News app, or just go to WCCO.com.