Texas Parole Board Denies A Posthumous Pardon For George Floyd Despite Recommended Approval Last Year

George Floyd will not be receiving a posthumous pardon for his 2004 drug conviction, as the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles has made the decision not to grant it after all.

As Blavity previously reported, in October 2021, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles had unanimously recommended that Floyd receive a posthumous pardon from the governor — which would have made him only the second person in Texas since 2010 to obtain this.

In the application for pardon, Allison Mathis of the Harris County Public Defender’s Office said: “Even though Floyd worked to change his life after being released in 2013, the request for a posthumous pardon wasn’t based on what had or had not been done.” “It was filed because the arresting officer in Floyd’s case manufactured the existence of confidential informants to bolster his cases against innocent defendants.”

Officer Gerald Goines arrested Floyd on February 5, 2004. Floyd was arrested and charged with the delivery of a controlled substance. At the time of arrest, Goins alleged that Floyd possessed crack cocaine and provided drugs to an unnamed ‘second suspect’. This suspect agreed to sell the drugs to Goines. Goines was undercover. The 35-year law enforcement veteran was later indicted and pleaded not guilty on unrelated charges of felony murder and tampering with a government record. His case remains pending.

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