By: Yan Kalmikov, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
The Texas Board of Pardons and Parole has come out in favor of recommending a pardon in the 2004 drug case for African American George Floyd, who died at the hands of police.
Earlier, lawyer Allison Mathis filed a petition for a pardon in a drug case.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.
The murder of African American Floyd by a white police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020 sparked mass protests and riots across the United States, as well as a public debate about the need to reform the police.
In June 2021, a Minneapolis court sentenced Chauvin to 22.5 years in prison. The state trial for the three other police officers will begin in March.