George Floyd was denied a pardon from a Houston court for a 2004 drug crime he received 10 months in prison for.
Yahoo News contextualizes his crime as follows: “‘Floyd was initially arrested on February 5, 2004, when officer Gerald Goines alleged he possessed crack cocaine and provided the drugs to another suspect. The second suspect who sold the drugs to Goines while undercover was never arrested because of an “attempt to further the narcotic trafficking in this area.' Attorney Allison Mathis said in her filing Goines”
Floyd, whose death generated riots all across our nation, had a troubling history with the police. His 2004 encounter with Officer Goines was just the beginning. As Minneapolis's Fox 9 reports: “Between 1997 and 2005, Floyd was arrested several times on drug and theft charges and spent months in jail. In 2007, Floyd was charged with aggravated robbery in which he allegedly placed a gun on a woman’s abdomen and demanded drugs and money. In 2009, he pleaded guilty and received a five-year prison sentence. He got out on parole in 2013.”‘
Floyd's 2004 conviction was eligible for a pardon due to the shady nature of his arrest, with officer Gerald Goines allegedly fabricating confidential informants to make arrests. While Goines's case is still pending, there is much intrigue surrounding the past-criminal history of Floyd and the ramifications this has on his overall public image.
According to NPR, “The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles in October 2021 had initially decided to unanimously recommend that Floyd become just the second person in Texas since 2010 to receive a posthumous pardon from the governor. But before Texas Gov. Greg Abbott could make a final decision in the case, the board in December reversed its decision, saying that “procedural errors” were found in its initial recommendation in Floyd's case and it needed to reconsider more than a third of a group of 67 clemency applications it had sent to Abbott.”
Last Wednesday, the Board decided to rescind its recommendation, following a careful review.
“After a full and careful review of the application and other information filed with the application, a majority of the Board decided not to recommend a Full Pardon and/or Pardon for Innocence,” a letter to the Harris County Public Defenders Office reads.
This decision will surely generate much controversy across the country. We await to see further details.