A lawyer in the US state of Texas has filed a petition for a posthumous pardon in the 2004 drug case of African-American George Floyd, who died at the hands of police, local channel KHOU reports.
The channel notes that Floyd was arrested in Texas in February 2004 on charges of selling crack cocaine to an unnamed person. Floyd then pleaded guilty and ended up in prison for 10 months.
According to lawyer Allison Mathis, Floyd pleaded guilty only to avoid a more severe sentence. He understood that the word of police officer Gerald Goines, who made the arrest, would be taken into account.
“The arrest itself does not look like something unusual. George Floyd has committed criminal offenses in the past, including those related to drugs,” lawyer Allison Mathis said in a statement on the pardon.
Texas Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg has expressed her support for a posthumous pardon.
“The prosecutor’s office determined in 2019 that Floyd was convicted only based on the words of police officer Gerald Goines, whom we could no longer trust; we fully support the request that the governor pardon George Floyd, convicted in a drug case,” the prosecutor said.
The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles must review the clemency request, after which the state’s Governor, Greg Abbott, must make the final decision on the matter.