A paramedic who responded to the scene of George Floyd being arrested by Minneapolis police officers testified that he thought Floyd was dead when he arrived. (April 1)
DEREK SMITH: What did I observe when I arrived on the scene? There was a police squad, an individual lying down, three officers on the individual. There was lots-- there was multiple people. There was multiple cell phones out. There was elevated tones used. It didn't feel like a welcoming.
ERIN ELDRIDGE: At any point in time during your treatment and care of Mr. Floyd, were you ever able to resuscitate him successfully?
DEREK SMITH: No.
ERIN ELDRIDGE: Did he ever regain a pulse from the time that you arrived on scene to the time that you brought him to the hospital?
DEREK SMITH: No, miss.
ERIN ELDRIDGE: And did anything change in terms of your assessment of his condition and status?
DEREK SMITH: No, when I showed up, he was deceased, and I dropped him off at the hospital, and he was still in cardiac arrest.