“Yes, in my opinion, I should be told why there is a change in status,” Smith said. He later added: “When I arrived at the scene, I had no information… for me, more information could have been provided.
Smith explained why, after quickly assessing Floyd’s condition at the scene, he chose to load him into the ambulance and drive a few blocks away. Smith testified he told his partner ‘I think he’s dead’ after checking Floyd’s pupils and pulse, then decided that due to the crowds it would be best to walk away a few blocks away.
While the defense pointed out that Smith said the crowd appeared hostile and “wasn’t safe,” which he confirmed, Smith pointed out to prosecutors that he always started helping right after Floyd had been loaded into the ambulance and while his partner drove a few blocks. a way.
Smith said he had minimal interactions with officers and that Lane was really the only one who explained what happened, although he didn’t specifically say that Chauvin had his knee on Lane’s neck. Floyd for more than nine minutes.
Lane’s attorney pointed to everything Lane did to help, including starting chest compressions on Floyd in the ambulance. Smith agreed Lane’s presence was good, saying, “In my opinion, he was helpful, yes.”
The defense also attempted to paint the picture that Floyd might have experienced excited delirium, which Smith says can be experienced by subjects who have used drugs or other substances and can briefly give them “superhuman strength.” but, if left untreated, can lead to cardiac arrest and death.
Smith listed some potential signs of excited delirium such as a subject sweating excessively, having trouble understanding and responding coherently, using vulgarities, “being in his own little world”, and agreed that foaming at the mouth could be a sign, but not necessarily. Prosecutors tried to push back against the story that Floyd may have experienced excited delirium and focused on what treatment officers and firefighters could have provided.
That line of questioning is expected to continue into the afternoon, as Minneapolis Fire Captain Jeremy Norton was called just before the lunch break and began explaining firefighter medical training.
Norton also noted that firefighters “can get most spots in our box in 3-4 minutes…and can keep someone alive (until paramedics arrive).”
The court is scheduled to meet at 1:30 p.m. with Norton back at the stand.
Testimony is expected to continue Wednesday morning on day three of the federal trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd.
Jurors heard from four witnesses and saw more video from the scene on Tuesday as the prosecution sought to show just how much Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao have not just done for George Floyd, but even for dispatchers and paramedics.
The defense — particularly Lane’s attorney — pushed back on this, pointing out what the officers did and how Floyd resisted. Lane’s attorney noted that the officer recommended rolling Floyd onto his side, suggested checking his pulse, did his own pulse check on Floyd, and then performed chest compressions on Floyd in the ambulance.
The court is due to meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Jurors are expected to hear from the off-duty firefighter who was at the scene May 25, 2020.
This is a developing story. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS will continue to update it throughout the day as the trial unfolds.