A Texas parole board has recommended a posthumous pardon for George Floyd for his 2004 drug arrest in the state.
The request must now be signed by Governor Greg Abbott after a public defender claimed Mr Floyd was implicated during his arrest by a Houston narcotics officer who now faces murder charges.
Mr Floyd was murdered in Minnesota in 2020 by police officers during an unrelated arrest that sparked months of protests about racial justice and police brutality.
Allison Mathis, who defended Mr Floyd in the 2004 case, received a letter from the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole, which said it had “completed its consideration of your client’s application requesting full pardon and clemency”. Voted to recommend.”
Mr Floyd was arrested on 5 February 2004 by then-Houston undercover narcotics detective Gerald Goins, who claimed that Mr Floyd gave the second suspect 0.03 grams of crack cocaine to sell.
According to the petition written by Ms Mathis, the person to whom Mr Floyd allegedly gave the drugs was a police informer who sold drugs to the detective as part of a sting operation and was never arrested or identified .
Mr Floyd pleaded guilty to drug charges and was sentenced to 10 months in state prison.
Goins has been charged with the murders of Rogna Nichols and Dennis Tuttle during an illegal drug raid on a home in Houston.
Steven Bryant, a police associate of Goins, has been charged with falsifying records to allegedly help cover up an illegally obtained “no-knock” warrant for the raid.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a statement, “We mourn the loss of former Houstonian George Floyd and look forward to the Texas State Board of Justice to recommend clemency to his family for the 2004 sentence.” Monday’s decision by Pardons and Paroles will be relaxed.”
Ben Crump, a lawyer for the Floyd family, said he wanted Mr Abbott to offer a full pardon to Mr Floyd.
“This drug charge, which led to the conviction of George Floyd based on false evidence, helped expose his life,” Mr Crump said in a statement.
“Similarly, thousands of black lives are ruined by a criminal justice system that uses the war on drugs to target black people, coerce them to commit felonies, imprison them, vote for their Takes away rights and destroys their families.”
Mr Floyd died on 25 May 2020 in Minneapolis following his altercation with police.
Former police officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Mr Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes during his arrest, was convicted in April of second-degree unintentional manslaughter, third-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter.
He will be in prison for more than 22 years.
Three other police officers involved in the fatal arrest have been charged with abetting and abetting second-degree murder and abetting second-degree murder, and face trial next year.
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