The lawyer from Texas Allison Mathis filed a petition for a posthumous pardon on behalf of the family of African-American George Floyd, who died at the hands of a police officer in a criminal drug case. WRCBtv reported this on April 27.
Floyd was sentenced to prison in 2004 in a drug possession case uncovered in an operation involving police officer Gerald Goins. The African-American then pleaded guilty and spent 10 months behind bars.
Defense counsel insists that Floyd confessed because he understood the court would side with Goins and wanted to avoid a harsher punishment. The police officer was later charged with killing innocent people in a raid. It also came to light during the investigation that his testimony in various criminal cases had been false. Since then, many cases involving him have been reviewed. Law enforcement himself did not agree with any of the charges.
“This is about honoring the memory of George Floyd and also about correcting the records of the State of Texas. We cannot be sure of the integrity of the allegations from Officer Goines. George Floyd suffered at the hands of a corrupt and racist system throughout his life, not just at the end,” Mattis emphasized.
Floyd’s case will go to the State Board of Pardons and Parole, after which a pardon must be countersigned by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
In turn, the district attorney’s office supported Mattis’ petition.
“Floyd was convicted solely on the word of Gerald Goins, a police officer we can no longer believe. We fully support the motion that the governor now pardon George Floyd in this case,” said Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg.
On April 20, a jury in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of Floyd’s murder. Chauvin was charged with second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He faces up to 40 years in prison.