A board met in the state of Texas this past Monday where they recommended a full posthumous pardon for George Floyd for a 2004 drug arrest made by a former Houston police officer now charged with murder in a botched 2019 drug raid.
The reason for the called upon pardon comes after one of the officers involved with the arrest and case has come under scrutiny for allegedly falsifying case evidence on previous cases. The measure came to a unanimous vote, which was a recommendation by the seven-member Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. It now goes to Gov. Greg Abbott (R), who will have the final say on whether the request is granted, according to the Washington Post.
The video detailing George Floyd’s death in May of last year beneath the knee of a Minneapolis police officer sparked a national outrage on issues of race and policing. In one of the cases relating to Floyd’s death, Minneapolis Police Department’s Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter of the late George Floyd after he knelt on the neck of Floyd for nine minutes. The former police officer was sentenced to twenty-two and a half years in federal prison.
The Washington Post adds, “Many years before his death, George Floyd was arrested in his hometown of Houston for selling $10 worth of crack cocaine in a police sting. Gerald Goines, an undercover narcotics officer who made the arrest, claimed Floyd had given the drugs to an unnamed informant. Floyd initially battled the charge, but facing a 25-year sentence if the case went to trial, he later pleaded guilty and served 10 months in state prison.”