The arresting officer has been charged in connection with a deadly 2019 drug raid in which a married couple was killed
The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended Monday that George Floyd receive a pardon for his 2004 drug arrest in Houston in which a former police officer was charged with murder in a separate case.
The seven-member board announced the news in a letter to Allison Mathis, an assistant public defender in the Harris County Public Defender’s office. Mathis filed a clemency petition on Floyd’s behalf earlier this year.
“Members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles have completed their consideration of your client’s application requesting a full pardon and have voted to recommend clemency,” the board wrote. “The matter is being referred to the Governor for final disposal.”
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The fate of the pardon rests with Greg Abbott of Texas Gov.
“A man was raised by a corrupt police officer with the intention of securing arrest rather than pursuing justice. No matter what your political affiliation, it doesn’t matter whether the man is in his life or in his death.” It’s not something we should stand for. In the United States or in Texas,” Mathis said.
Floyd, who grew up in Houston, was arrested in February 2004 by Officer Gerald Goins for allegedly selling $10 worth of cracks. He later pleaded guilty to drug charges and was sentenced to 10 months in prison.
His May 2020 death at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin sparked a nationwide countdown on police reform and racial injustice. Chauvin was convicted of unintentional second-degree murder and sentenced to 22 years in prison for Floyd’s death in June.
“We mourn the loss of former Houston George Floyd and hope that his family finds comfort in Monday’s decision by the Texas State Board of Pardons and Parole involving former Houston Police Department officer Gerald Goines in 2004. clemency was recommended for the sentence,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement.
Goins, 57, has been charged with murder and other crimes for the deadly 2019 drug raid that killed Dennis Tuttle, 59, and his wife, Rogna Nicolas, 58.
He allegedly lied to obtain warrants for the raids and 160 drug convicts tied up with him have since been quashed. Other officials associated with the raid have also been named.
Mathis said he expected Abbott to grant the clemency.
“I also hope that he and the Texas Legislature will work more vigorously toward improving the integrity of the racist, classist criminal justice system in Texas,” she said.
Granthshala News has contacted Mathis and Abbott’s office.