Houston DA Pushing Posthumous Pardon For George Floyd Over 2004 Drug Charge

Houston DA Pushing Posthumous Pardon For George Floyd Over 2004 Drug Charge


The Harris County District Attorney’s Office is pushing to grant George Floyd a posthumous pardon for a 2004 drug charge.

Floyd died in Minneapolis last year. Last week, a jury found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering Floyd while attempting to arrest him for passing counterfeit currency at a convenience store.

In 2004, Floyd pleaded guilty to a charge of delivery of a controlled substance after former Houston police officer Gerald Goines claimed he caught Floyd dealing cocaine. A Harris County public defender said in a request on Monday that Goines may have fabricated the evidence, and Floyd pleaded guilty to avoid a sentence harsher than the 10 months he served in state prison after.

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“He was a good man who is missed dearly by friends and family,” Harris County public defender Allison Mathis wrote of Floyd in the request, according to the Houston Chronicle. “But this pardon is being sought because it is just and right to clear a

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