Paramedic: Officers failed to report that Floyd was not breathing, had no pulse

The ongoing civil rights trial against the officers involved in the arrest of George Floyd has taken a dramatic turn.

According to the testimony of one key witness, the officers failed to inform paramedics on the scene that the suspect was not breathing and did not have a pulse, Fox News reports.

“Probably deceased”

The underlying incident took place in May 2020 when officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, attempted to place Floyd under arrest on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill at a local store.

Video evidence showed that Floyd died after Derek Chauvin put his knee on the suspect for several minutes despite pleas for help.

All of the officers were fired and Chauvin has been convicted on murder and manslaughter charges. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao were also involved in the incident and are facing criminal prosecution and civil rights charges.

Derek Smith, one of the paramedics who responded to the scene, provided testimony to the court that indicated all four officers withheld vital information about Floyd’s condition. Specifically, he noted that paramedics were not told that the suspect was not breathing and did not have a pulse.

After finding Floyd “probably deceased” at the location, Smith recalled that Floyd was placed in an ambulance and transported to a different location for reasons including the “elevated tones” being used by bystanders.

“Excited delirium”

In the ambulance, Smith said that he used a cardiac monitor as Lane performed chest compressions on Floyd. Paramedics also reportedly attempted other measures including creating an airway.

The paramedic made it clear that Lane was “helpful” during the attempt to save Floyd’s life. He also noted his concern at the time that Floyd might have been in a state of “excited delirium.”

Earlier testimony from a 911 dispatcher seemed to support Smith’s assessment, indicating that the fire department — which could reach the scene faster — would have been sent instead of an ambulance if officers had reported that Floyd was not breathing.

A Minneapolis Fire Department official testified that providing more immediate care would have provided Floyd the best chance of surviving the incident.

With the possible exception of Lane, the latest revelations do not look good for the officers involved.

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