Texas parole board denies posthumous pardon for George Floyd

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The Texas parole board denied George Floyd a posthumous pardon over a drug case nearly a year after recommending one.

On Thursday, the Board of Pardons and Parole told Floyd’s attorney that they “have reconsidered their original decision regarding your client’s request for a full pardon and/or an innocence pardon,” according to CBS news.

The letter was first made public by the Marshall Project.

A picture of George Floyd hangs on a fence outside the Hennepin County Government Center, Tuesday, March 30, 2021, in Minneapolis, where the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin continues. Chauvin is charged with murder in the death of Floyd during an arrest last May in Minneapolis.
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Board members wrote that after reviewing Floyd’s application, they decided not to pardon him and said he could reapply in two years.

Last year, the board voted unanimously to recommend clemency for Floyd, who was convicted of a drug charge in 2004. However, the board later reversed its decision in December, citing “mistakes of procedure”.

Floyd’s attorney requested a posthumous pardon in April 2021, nearly a year after Floyd was killed by Derek Chauvin, a former Minnesota police officer.

Allison Mathis, Floyd’s attorney, did not respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.

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The 2004 drug conviction that Floyd’s attorney is appealing was one of several cases in which a now-indicted former police officer was involved. Gerald Goines faces two murder charges related to a botched drug raid in 2019. Goines and led prosecutors to dismiss around 150 drug charges related to the former officer.

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