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 September 18, 2022

Texas parole board rejects posthumous pardon for George Floyd

The left has attempted to canonize George Floyd, whose death while in Minneapolis police custody sparked off months of riots. However, a recent attempt to clear his name has been thwarted.

A Texas parole board turned down a posthumous pardon for Floyd Thursday, Fox News reported. Just a year ago, the Board of Pardons and Paroles had recommended the review of Floyd's 2004 drug charge but "reconsidered."

The board advised the late criminal's attorney that they "have reconsidered their initial decision concerning your client's application for a Full Pardon and/or Pardon for Innocence," NBC News reported. If pardoned, Floyd would have only been the second in the state to receive such treatment after death.

Floyd was convicted of a drug charge in 2004 after he attempted to sell $10 of crack to an undercover officer. He pleaded guilty and received a 10-month prison sentence.

However, the arresting officer, Gerald Goines, was later involved in the 2019 shooting deaths of a husband and wife, Dennis Tuttle, 59, and Rhogena Nicholas, 58, during a drug raid. Officials contend that Goines lied about having informants and other information pertaining to the case and began reexamining others.

Since then, about 150 of the former officer's drug cases have been thrown out. "We supported George Floyd's pardon because we do not have confidence in the integrity of his conviction. We support clemency because it is appropriate," Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg told the news outlet Thursday.

After his death in May 2020, Floyd, a Texas native, was laid to rest in Houston, Texas. The officer involved in his death, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in jail.

Because Floyd was black and Chauvin white, the media narrative painted the incident as a racially-charged killing of an innocent man. However, Floyd was a flawed man and a convicted criminal, possibly in the act of a crime when he was arrested -- and those facts don't change regardless of how he died.

Written By:
Christine Favocci

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