World Pardon sought for George Floyd on drugs arrest by suspected corrupt officer charged over double murder
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An application has been made to pardon George Floyd for a 2004 drugs conviction.
was arrested in Houston in February 2004 by Gerald Goines for selling $10-worth of crack in a police sting.
After pleading guilty, Mr Floyd was jailed for 10 months.
But Goines faces a series of criminal charges, including two for murder, after a drugs raid in 2019 which resulted in the deaths of Dennis Tuttle, 59, and his wife, Rhogena Nicholas, 58.
Prosecutors say Goines, 56, lied to get a search warrant by claiming a confidential informant had bought heroin at the couple's home.
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Goines later said there was no informant and that he had bought the drugs himself, it is alleged.
More than 160 drugs convictions tied to Goines have since been dismissed and a dozen current and former officers tied to the unit that conducted the raid have been charged.
Allison Mathis, from the Harris County Public Defender's Office, submitted the request for Mr Floyd's pardon on Monday, alleging that Goines also made up a confidential informant in that case.
Ms Mathis said nobody "bothered to question the word of a veteran cop against that of a previously-convicted black man".
Mr Floyd had pleaded guilty to avoid the 25 years he could have received due to his criminal history, she added.
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Jurors began a first full day of deliberations on Tuesday in the trial of the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering George Floyd as US cities braced for a verdict in a case that sparked nationwide protests against racism last summer. After deliberating for four hours on Monday, the jury in "Minnesota vs Derek Chauvin" reconvened at 8:00 am Central Time (1300 GMT) on Tuesday. Chauvin, 45, is charged with murder and manslaughter for Floyd's May 25, 2020 death, which sparked protests against racial injustice around the world and is being seen as a landmark test of police accountability.
A pardon "wouldn't erase the memory, personal or institutional, of this thing that happened to him, or the things that would happen to him later," she said.
"It would show that the state of Texas is interested in fundamental fairness, in admitting its mistakes, and in working to increase the accountability for police officers who break our trust and their oaths, and harm our people rather than serve them."
Mr Floyd died in May last year after Minneapolis police officerknelt on his neck for several minutes during an arrest for allegedly trying to use a fake $20 note.
Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter earlier this month.
On George Floyd Square, hopes for better days ahead .
With its covering of flowers, candles and stuffed toys, George Floyd Square has long been a place of mourning and remembrance. But on Wednesday people gathered on the Minneapolis street where the Black man was murdered by a white police officer, daring to hope for change less than 24 hours after a guilty verdict was announced. Despite the freezing spring temperatures of the Midwest city, local resident Richard Moody, 64, said he came "to pay myBut on Wednesday people gathered on the Minneapolis street where the Black man was murdered by a white police officer, daring to hope for change less than 24 hours after a guilty verdict was announced.