Testimony continues today in the Derek Chauvin trial. Medical support coordinator for the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) Nicole Mackenzie testified Tuesday that emergency medical procedures, such as CPR, can be delayed or stopped if outside factors make a situation unsafe. Defense attorney Eric Nelson asked:

“If you have a very hostile or volatile crowd, I know it sounds unreasonable, but bystanders do occasionally attack EMS crews, so sometimes just getting out of the situation is the best way to defuse it.”

The state asked…

“Can the activities of a group of onlookers excuse a police officer from the duty to render emergency medical aid to a subject who needs it? only if they were physically getting themselves involved.”

The defense contends that a group of yelling bystanders at the scene of George Floyd’s death impacted Derek Chauvin’s actions.