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Why Was Texas Considering Pardoning George Floyd on 2004 Drug Conviction?

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It’s been such a bummer of a decade so far, hasn’t it? Covid, Joe Biden in the White House, foreign powers rattling their sabers, 2020. That year alone was an entire decade worth of bummer; cities burning, looting, defund the police, general lawlessness. Yep, pretty much a buzzkill. And for what? To avenge a convicted drug dealer that once famously threatened to shoot a pregnant woman in the stomach.

George Floyd, the patron saint of the BLM movement, was no saint. His misdeeds and exploits are common knowledge at this point, if not totally glossed over because of a mainstream media that thrives off of unrest and racism. Floyd has been raised up and hailed as a hero by the media, activists, Hollywood, and the corrupt, Marxist BLM movement. It’s unfortunate that he died, and Derek Chauvin has lost his freedom as a result of his reckless behavior, but to paint Floyd as a saint, martyr, hero, gentle giant or anything besides what he was, which was an addict in the commission of a crime and under the influence of a likely deadly number of drugs, is simply revisionist history. The state of Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles had been considering a pardon for Floyd for a 2004 drug conviction, but it was denied. I don’t understand what difference it makes now, but let’s find out the story via Newsmax:

Last week, the board informed Allison Mathis, an attorney with the Harris County Public Defender’s Office in Houston who had initially filed for the pardon in April 2021, of the decision against recommending “a full pardon and/or pardon for innocence” for Floyd, who was convicted of drug possession in 2004.

Apparently, the case surrounds a narcotics officer that is under investigation for fabricating some of his informants. In other words, he was likely pocketing the money he was supposed to be paying the informants, and subsequently acting as his own CI, buying drugs himself before arresting suspected dealers. Of course, this is speculation, but why risk cutting out the middleman unless you were going to profit yourself?

Floyd was convicted after former Houston police officer Gerald Goines arrested him for giving $10 worth of crack cocaine to another suspect, who then sold it to Goines, who was undercover. Floyd pled guilty and was in jail for 10 months.

While Floyd’s arrest looks legit, many, many more weren’t. More than 150 convictions have been overturned due to Goines illegal activity, but George Floyd was not among those.

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At least 150 drug convictions connected to Goines have been dismissed, but the Texas parole board did not add Floyd to that list. Even though the board unanimously voted to recommend a pardon for Floyd last year, it has since “reconsidered” its decision. The board’s letter gave no reason for changing its position but said Floyd’s family can reapply for a pardon in two years.

Did the board recommend a pardon for Floyd because of pressure from BLM or other social justice groups? Or were they just swept up in the virtue signaling like so many other people that ignored who George Floyd really was? Obviously, Floyd’s conviction was legitimate, and it should remain on his record, even posthumously. As stated previously, what happened to George Floyd was unfortunate and avoidable, but not reason enough to pretend he wasn’t a criminal.