Texas Board Recommending Posthumous Pardon for George Floyd

In Summary

A Texas board has voted unanimously to recommend pardoning George Floyd's 2004 conviction for a drug-related offense. 

The Texas State Board of Pardons and Paroles is recommending a posthumous pardon for George Floyd related to a drug conviction from 2004.  

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According to CNN, the board voted unanimously on Monday to recommend the pardon. An application for the pardon was filed in April by Floyd’s surviving family members. Allison Mathis from the Harris County Public Defender’s Office noted in the application that the arresting officer in the case “manufactured the existence of confidential informants to bolster his cases against innocent defendants.”  

RELATED: George Floyd Memorial Foundation Awarded Over $50K in Scholarships  

Floyd was murdered by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in May 2020. The video of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck gained national attention and sparked a new call for police reform. In April 2021, Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison.  

RELATED: Derek Chauvin Sentenced to Over 20 Year for Murder of George Floyd 

Kim Ogg, Harris County’s district attorney, released a statement saying, “We lament the loss of former Houstonian George Floyd and hope that his family finds comfort in Monday’s decision by the Texas State Board of Pardons and Paroles to recommend clemency for a 2004 conviction involving former Houston Police Department Officer Gerald Goines.”  

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The final call to grant Floyd clemency is in the hands of Republican Governor Greg Abbott.  

If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by this story, resources are available here.  

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