Texas court proposes posthumous pardon for George Floyd, who was killed by police

Texas court proposes posthumous pardon for George Floyd, who was killed by police

The story of the murder of African American George Floyd in May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, USA, caused a public outcry, which escalated into riots across the country, reports profile.ru

Mass protests, the Black Lives Matter movement against racism and police brutality, pogroms and clashes with law enforcement agencies swept across the country after the incident, when police officer Derek Chauvin passed his knee on Floyd's neck during his arrest for suspicion of paying for a pack of fake cigarettes he bought in a store. — dollar bill. Floyd, an African-American man, died from his injuries at the hospital. On April 20, 2021, Derek Chauvin was convicted of the manslaughter of George Floyd, and on June 25, 2021, a police officer was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison.

And although almost a year and a half has passed since that ill-fated day, the echoes of the event are still heard. Thus, the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole recommended that the state governor posthumously pardon George Floyd in a 2004 drug case. The members of the council unanimously decided "For".

Floyd was charged with drug trafficking to an unidentified person, for which he served nine months in prison in 2004 in this case. Now, the offender's family wants to seek a posthumous pardon for Floyd.

Back in April 2021, Floyd's family's attorney petitioned for his posthumous pardon in the 2004 Texas drug case. The final decision on this matter lies with Governor Gregor Abbott. According to the family's lawyer, the case was fabricated on the basis of false information by police officer Gerald Goines, whose representative in turn noted:

“We, of course, sympathize with the case of Mr. Floyd, but this does not change the fact that his was legal.»

Texas District Attorney Hariss Kim Ogg said:

"We regret the death of former Houston resident George Floyd and hope that his family will find consolation in the council's decision on Monday … to recommend clemency".