George Floyd not among list of former Texas convicts pardoned by Gov. Abbott

Since his death at the hands of Minneapolis police in 2020, George Floyd has become a hero to many on the left, with statues of him having been erected in multiple cities as well as a piece of anti-cop legislation bearing his name.

However, supporters have been less eager to talk about Floyd’s long criminal history. Thanks to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), Floyd’s criminal history won’t be swept away, as the Texas governor will reportedly not pardon him. 

According to Fox News, Floyd has been removed from consideration for a posthumous pardon from the governor. The network noted that although Abbott pardoned eight people on Thursday, Floyd, who had prior criminal convictions in Texas, was not among them.

No promises made

That absence was attributed by the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole to “procedural errors and lack of compliance with board rules.” Some 24 other names are said to have been withdrawn for similar reasons.

A spokesperson for Abbott released a statement that gave no indication regarding whether or not the governor would pardon Floyd but instead pointed to the aforementioned procedural issues.

“The board will review and resolve procedural errors and issues related to any pending applications in compliance with their rules,” the statement declared.

“As a result of the board’s withdrawal of the recommendation concerning George Floyd, Governor Abbott did not have the opportunity to consider it. Governor Abbott will review all recommendations that the board submits for consideration.”

However, Houston public defender Allison Mathis made clear during an interview with the Dallas Morning News that she felt Floyd’s removal from the list “smacks of something untoward.”

“Greg Abbott and his political appointees have let their politics triumph over the right thing to do and what clearly is justice. This is actually outrageous,” Mathis complained. “I expected an up or a down vote. I did not expect this kind of misconduct.”

A long criminal history

Fox News noted that Floyd had previously been recommended to receive a pardon for a 2004 drug offense for which he was convicted while still a Texas resident.

Yet, as Texas Monthly reported following his death, Floyd incurred a much more serious conviction in 2009 when he pleaded guilty to “aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.”

It went on to add that Floyd was paroled in 2013 after serving a four-year prison sentence in Texas. He subsequently left the state for Minnesota.

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