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Posthumous clemency recommended for George Floyd by the Texas pardon board

ews and other media outlets report that the Texas pardon board unanimously granted posthumous clemency to George Floyd for his 2004 conviction in the state for drug possession.

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NBC News and other media outlets report that the Texas pardon board unanimously granted posthumous clemency to George Floyd for his 2004 conviction in the state for drug possession. The clemency vote comes six months after the Harris County Public Defender’s Office applied for clemency on Floyd’s behalf in April.

A clemency board member cannot do an interview regarding a single recommendation for clemency. NBC spokeswoman Timothy McDonnell told the network that the board renders a recommendation in each case after considering all the relevant information.

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has the final say on whether to grant pardons posthumously. The board’s recommendation will now go to Abbott, who will approve or deny Floyd’s clemency. The office of Abbott declined to comment.

Kim Ogg, the Harris County District Attorney, issued a statement in the wake of George Floyd’s death, saying that she was sorry for his family’s loss and hoped that Monday’s decision would give them comfort. It is our position that Mr. Floyd’s conviction was not based on factual evidence and that these circumstances merit a posthumous pardon. Our recommendation is for Governor Abbott to grant clemency in accordance with the board’s recommendations.”

Associated Press reports that Floyd was arrested in 2004 after selling crack cocaine worth $10 to an undercover cop. At that time, Floyd was sentenced to 10 months in jail for the drug charge.

Regardless, ex-officer Goines was arrested by police in 2019 and was charged with two counts of murder, as well as lying about the drug raid that ended in two people’s deaths. In a shootout resulting from the subsequent raid on the home, five officers were wounded and both people living there were killed, prosecutors say Goines fabricated information to get a warrant.

It was decided to allow Goines to retire from the police force after the incident. On the other hand, D.A. Ogg has committed to reviewing over 1,400 of his criminal cases. More than 180 of Goines’ convictions have been thrown out following exonerations of two people arrested by him in May.

An indictment has been issued against the former cop for murder, but he has not gone to trial yet. Additionally, Steven Bryant, another officer who attempted to protect himself by falsifying records, pleaded guilty earlier this summer.

Governor Abbott was requested to pardon Floyd by Ben Crump in a statement released on Monday. To pass meaningful reforms in the criminal justice system and police, the governor needs to demonstrate his leadership as well.

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