George Floyd’s family and assistants said the pardon for her death in Texas would show commitment in response.
Offering pardon is a holiday ceremony for Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who every Christmas presents to a small number of ordinary people, especially in minor cases that have occurred a few decades ago. But one familiar name on his desk: George Floyd.
Mr Abbott has not said whether he will pardon Floyd this year for the 2004 drug arrest in Houston by a senior official whose police role is no longer trusted by critics. The Texas parole board – full of Abbott’s nominees – unanimously urged Floyd’s acquittal in October.
Since then, the two-year-old Republican Governor, who is expected to be re-elected in 2022, has said nothing about whether he will offer a second death sentence in Texas history. Floyd, who was black, spent most of his life in Houston before moving to Minnesota, where he lives. death under the knee of a white police officer last year caused the US to count the races and the police.
“It does not matter who you think George Floyd was, or what you think he represented or did not represent,” said Allison Mathis, a Houston state attorney who filed Floyd’s pardon. “The bottom line is that they didn’t do it. It is necessary for the Governor to prepare the record to prove that he did not do this. Mr. Abbott did not respond to a request for comment.
Forgiveness restores the rights of offenders and forgives them before the law. Floyd’s family and supporters said a pardon for his death in Texas would show commitment in response.
In February 2004, Floyd was arrested in Houston for selling $ 10 worth of flour for killing police officers. He pleaded guilty to one count of drug trafficking and was sentenced to 10 months in prison.
His case was one of a number of cases in which prosecutors reviewed the events in 2019 that led to the assassination of a police officer, Gerald Goines, who is no longer in the Houston Army. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online.
Goines protested and his judges accused Mr. Ogg of initiating the process for political gain.
Mr. Abbott has several critics from the right, and his constant silence over Floyd’s pardon has raised questions from Mr. Mathis and others as to whether political rhetoric is playing out. His office has not commented on the allegations.
Mr Abbott attended Floyd’s funeral last year in Houston, where he met the couple and floated around the idea of ”George Floyd Act” which could be likened to police brutality. But Abbott did not back up in public a few months later when lawmakers returned to the Capitol, where Republicans instead put police money first.
Prime Minister Royce West, a Democrat who oversaw the “George Floyd Act” in the Senate, said he understood politics if Abbott was waiting until after the first GOP election in March. But he said the governor should take action according to the instructions.
“As he always says, he is the Governor of law and order,” Mr West said. “And this will be law-abiding.”