‘I Thought He Was Dead’: Paramedic Upon Arrival To Scene Of Floyd’s Arrest | Ayman Mohyeldin | MSNBC

'I Thought He Was Dead': Paramedic Upon Arrival To Scene Of Floyd’s Arrest | Ayman Mohyeldin | MSNBC 1


Hennepin County paramedic, Derek Smith, explained the moment he arrived to the scene of George Floyd’s arrest. Smith said, “It did not feel like a welcoming environment,” and he thought Floyd “was dead.” Aired on 04/1/2021.
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'I Thought He Was Dead': Paramedic Upon Arrival To Scene Of Floyd’s Arrest | Ayman Mohyeldin | MSNBC

64 Comments on "‘I Thought He Was Dead’: Paramedic Upon Arrival To Scene Of Floyd’s Arrest | Ayman Mohyeldin | MSNBC"

  1. Deeann Watson | April 1, 2021 at 4:08 PM | Reply

    It takes a special kind of evil to hear a man plead for his life as you slowly suffocate him…

    • He died from a heart attack … not a knee

    • Wayne Burton | April 1, 2021 at 9:27 PM | Reply

      @chuck wick If the knee had not been on his neck, he would not be dead. Simple answer for an obviously SIMPLE person.

    • @Brian Jones Would you feel the same way if he were your friend?

    • Even worse is a kind of evil that supports murderers like Chauvin.

    • @Wayne Burton and had he not resisted, the officer would have had no reason to put a knee on him. Still no excuse for murder. Chauvin is not a good cop or even a good person, but 2 people are responsible for Floyd’s death, and Floyd is one of them. May he rest in peace.

  2. A cop that has no clue what compassion is should not wear a badge.

    • toy bonnie the bunny | April 1, 2021 at 4:39 PM | Reply

      @Brian Jones it does have to do with humanity

    • @Brian Jones you’re probably right, with how all these cops defend these white supremacists in their midst. Guess they’re all just the KKK with badges.

    • investigate why the cop lost compassion and you solve problems

    • Hobostarr180 | April 1, 2021 at 9:38 PM | Reply

      @robin smith i say do both. investigate why some people start out okay and go bad, but also eliminate the ones who were rotten from the start and the ones who later became that way, because they’re a liability regardless

    • @Brian Jones Some police officers have sufficient compassion that they wish to “serve and protect”. Some others, e.g. Chauvin, are facist pigs. Are those pigs what you’re talking about?

  3. Julian Lawrence-Ball | April 1, 2021 at 4:21 PM | Reply

    The last country I saw with this level overt police racism was South Africa during the Apartheid era

  4. Tony Mcclain | April 1, 2021 at 4:26 PM | Reply

    So you still on his neck when the paramedics gets there?

  5. He mentioned that he asked the officer what had happened when they are both in the back of the ambulance , but the lawyer never questioned him further on this , no details about the paramedics and the officers verbal interaction

    • I thought the same. I would’ve liked to hear that.

    • TB Profile12 | April 1, 2021 at 8:26 PM | Reply

      He also may have wanted to wait to start the care in the back of the rig, because he wanted the cops away from the situation. They should have clarified.

  6. Gerard Edmond | April 1, 2021 at 4:41 PM | Reply

    Hope all 4 found guilty and sentenced to life

    • @Ronni j that hole i cant breath statement while still in the car is would be 1 reason

    • Dead sentence hate crime

    • @robin smith no because we’re not WHITE

    • @JL Bailey no because we’re not WHITE

    • @Ronni j for the record, i think we may be in agreement, actually. (Unless I’m not understanding.) I was asking the person who mentioned January 6th, if white people would do a repeat of the 6th if another one of their “heroes” lost/ was convicted. Chauvin and all those involved should be in prison at the very least, in my white eyes.

  7. Luis Alberto Rodriguez Goff | April 1, 2021 at 4:42 PM | Reply

    There is a reason why there is such a term as restrain asphyxia. Namely because it is common to happen as authorities restrain individuals. And guess what is also common on cases of restrain asphyxia… you got it; cardiopulmonary arrest. Which not coincidentally, a knee pressed to your neck is likely to lead to.

  8. If you can watch any of these clips from the trial and not feel emotionally overwhelmed, you can keep your feelings in check way better than I can.

    • Buddy Christ | April 1, 2021 at 9:03 PM | Reply

      @ra5928 Yeah you are triggered

    • Wayne Burton | April 1, 2021 at 9:08 PM | Reply

      @Mimzy Jinx Lots of sociopathic sentiment in your comment. Really hope you don’t have kids. Twisted adults coming up.

    • @Buddy Christ – Not triggered. I just hate racists. Why are you here?

    • @Mimzy Jinx – You still watching? The racist pig cops own sergeant threw him under the bus. The sergeant was never told about the knee on the neck. After reviewing the videos, the sergeant stated they should have taken the knee off long before. So much for your theory. Fact. If they had just taken a report on a suspected counterfeit bill, like they would have done for any white person, George Floyd would still be alive today. Not looking good for you. I hope you answer me again so you will only prove how racist You are.

    • Buddy Christ | April 1, 2021 at 10:55 PM | Reply

      @ra5928 At the moment………Laughing at you.

  9. Chauvin was definitely not following police procedure. Sgt. David Pleoger’s testimony (in another video) is clear. Once a person is in handcuffs and no longer resisting, he should not be held down with a knee.

    • #Cinderella 23Queen | April 1, 2021 at 8:16 PM | Reply


    • We didn’t need that confirmation tho.. We all knew that an unarmed and already handcuffed suspect is not a threat for the cops safety and therefore no need to use force (AKA let me put my knee on your neck for 9 mins).

      But it was nice to hear it from another cop for a change!

    • Exactly 💯!!!

  10. If this officer is acquitted, that would be a dark day for humanity.

    • Sue MisoSoup | April 1, 2021 at 9:20 PM | Reply

      I think he will be convicted for sure. No way they will let this officer off the hook.

    • This humanity is full of dark days

    • @Rob Boss thats funny. But ur sick

    • Hobostarr180 | April 1, 2021 at 9:35 PM | Reply

      i dont support what im about to say but…if this guy gets off the hook there is gonna be a lot of riots. not just a few like conservatives lost their minds over last year, but i mean i would not be surprised if this time around there’s gonna be a serious uptick in violence around the nation

    • @James Dubiq This case wouldn’t have gone to court if it were not for video going worldwide. This murder would’ve Murder more black men as a police officer

  11. Daniel Palma | April 1, 2021 at 4:59 PM | Reply

    As a foreign language interpreter these situations are the hardest to work in because the emotions are so raw that no one in that jury or courtroom would have a tear in their eyes.

  12. So, when you come up and see three individuals, on a handcuffed individual, one kneeling on
    his neck even minutes after he is dead….

  13. Jennifer Middleton | April 1, 2021 at 5:10 PM | Reply

    There you have it EMTs arrived on the scene the cops were on top of George Floyd pupils dilated no pulse he was dead

  14. Gobig Orange | April 1, 2021 at 5:43 PM | Reply

    There’s no plausible defense. This trial should’ve been in over in the same 9:38 that it took for Mr Floyd to be executed

  15. Get these murderer’s jailed for life keep them of the streets

  16. Jordan Harris | April 1, 2021 at 6:20 PM | Reply

    If that judge lets him walk free in this mess…he’s just as dirty and evil as the officer😒

    • It’s the jury -the judge is just the moderator. I pray they make the right choice.

    • Most judges are, but who’s gonna be surprised. Not even those who deny systematic racism exists because they do believe it does considering they benefit from it every day. Gaslighters, liars, and demons !!

    • It’s not the judge its the jury.

  17. Wayne Burton | April 1, 2021 at 6:45 PM | Reply

    The police acting as an Execution Squad. No real need for courts. If not on video, Chauvin would walk.

  18. Angela Hamlett | April 1, 2021 at 7:16 PM | Reply

    So when the paramedics came on the scene, the officer didn’t want to get off Floyd’s neck?
    The officer who strangled his dog even got fired! So now the entire police force needs to be sued if he’s acquitted! Who’s protecting the GOOD Police officers who have to work with a narcissist, sociopath like this?!

  19. This young man was straightforward… and honest thank you.

  20. soirilien st hilaire | April 1, 2021 at 9:08 PM | Reply

    This case is the one United of America as being waiting for after so long overdue of a broken criminal justice system no one seems to care to fixing it

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