/  12.24.2021

A Texas board that had unanimously asked a posthumous pardon for George Floyd is now withdrawing the request.

According to the Associated Press, on Thursday (Dec. 23), the board announced that “procedural errors” were found in their submission months after leaving the judgment to Governor Greg Abbott. The announcement was issued two days before Christmas which is usually the time when Abbott gives out his annual pardons.

As REVOLT previously reported, back in 2004, Floyd was arrested by former police officer Gerald Goines in Houston for allegedly selling $10 worth of crack in a police sting. He later pleaded guilty to a drug charge and was sentenced to 10 months in jail. Goines is now facing multiple charges, including two counts of felony murder, for his involvement in a deadly 2019 drug raid in which Dennis Tuttle and his wife Rhogena Nicholas were killed.

According to prosecutors, Goines lied to acquire the search warrant for the couple’s home. He claimed that an informant purchased heroin from there. He later switched his story and said that there was no informant and he bought the drugs himself.

Over 160 drug convictions that Goines has been involved with have been dismissed by prosecutors. A dozen former and current cops who were tied to the narcotics unit alongside Goines have been indicted following the fatal shooting of Tuttle and his wife.

In October, the Texas pardon board voted unanimously to grant Floyd posthumous clemency for his 2004 drug conviction. He would have become the second person in the state since 2010 to receive a posthumous pardon from the governor. However, Abbott did not get a chance to view it due to the withdrawal.

“As a result of the Board’s withdrawal of the recommendation concerning George Floyd, Governor Abbott did not have the opportunity to consider it,” Abbott spokeswoman Renae Eze said in a statement.


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