Tuesday , July 27 2021

Paramedic who responded to scene says he could tell from a distance that Floyd wasn’t breathing


Courteney Ross, George Floyd’s girlfriend, testified that in March 2020, Floyd was hospitalized for an overdose.

Responding to questions from defense attorney Eric Nelson, Ross said she picked Floyd up one night to take him to work, but he didn’t feel well, so she took him to the hospital instead.

“I thought I was taking him to work. He wasn’t feeling good. His stomach really hurt. He was doubled over in pain. Just wasn’t feeling well, and he said he had to go to the hospital, so I took him straight to the hospital. We went to the ER, and they were checking him out in the ER, and it was getting late. And I had to go to work myself that Friday night,” she said.

“You later learned that that was due to an overdose?” Nelson asked.

“Yes,” Ross responded

Nelson then asked Ross if she learned what caused the overdose. She said she did not.

Here’s how the rest of the exchange happened:

Nelson: “At that time frame, did you learn that Mr. Floyd was taking anything other than opioids?”
Ross: “No.”
Nelson: “You did not know that he had taken heroin at that time?”
Ross: “No.”

Prosecutors were the first to ask about opioid use during the trial to get ahead of some of the defense team’s arguments. Defense attorneys plan to make the case that Floyd died of unrelated medical issues and drug use.

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