George Floyd: Texas Amnesty Board unanimously recommends posthumous amnesty

Application for waiver It was filed in April on behalf of Floyd and his surviving family. Alison Mathis of the Harris County Public Defender’s Office said in the application that the request was filed because Gerald Gaines, the arresting officer in Floyd’s case, “created the existence of confidential information providers to strengthen the case against innocent defendants.”
“We mourn the death of former Houstonian George Floyd and hope that Monday’s decision by the Texas State Board of Parents and Parole to recommend an apology for the guilt of Gerald Goins, a 2004 Houston Police Department officer, will bring relief to his family,” said Kim Ogg, Harris County District Attorney. Said in a statement.

The final decision on whether to pardon Floyd rests with Governor Greg Abbott, Ogg said. CNN has reached out to the governor’s office to comment on whether an apology will be issued.

Goenz arrested Floyd on February 5, 2004, alleging that he had crack cocaine, and that Floyd had supplied drugs to an unknown “second suspect” who had agreed to sell drugs to the secret Guinness. The ‘second suspect’ was not arrested, Goens noted in his crime report, “A. [sic] Attempts to further drug trafficking [sic] In this area. “

Goens’ lawyer, Nicole DeBorde, told CNN in April, “We stand by the original case. We certainly sympathize with Mr. Floyd’s cause, but that does not change the fact that his earlier sentence was legal.”

In 2019, Goins was involved in a high-profile case Harding Street murder, In which he obtained a “no-knock” raid warrant from a municipal judge under false pretenses, Ogg told CNN. Two people were killed and five police officers were injured in the attack.

Goins, a 35-year-old law enforcement officer, has been convicted of two counts of criminal murder and tampering with government records, Ogg said.

Goin’s lawyer DeBorde told CNN that her client pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Jennifer Henderson of CNN contributed to this report.


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