HOUSTON, TX – A Texas attorney has applied to posthumously pardon George Floyd for a 2004 drug conviction in Houston after the arresting officer was accused of using false evidence.
#BREAKING An attorney with the Harris County Public Defender's Office has just applied for a posthumous pardon for #GeorgeFloyd – for the 2004 drug charge he got in Houston, when he was arrested by a cop now accused of fabricating informants. pic.twitter.com/AvjZzGMeuW
— Keri Blakinger (@keribla) April 26, 2021
Floyd was arrested by former Houston police officer Gerald Goines on February 5, 2004, for selling$10 worth of crack cocaine.
Floyd pled guilty in the case and served 10 months in jail.
The pardon request comes just one week after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of Floyd’s murder in May 2020.
The Harris County public defender's office has submitted a posthumous pardon request on behalf of George Floyd for a 2004 drug arrest. The now indicted ex-Houston cop who carried out the arrest has had more than 160 convictions tied to him since dismissed. https://t.co/CbdKIA3DuK
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 27, 2021
Allison Mathis, a public defender who works in Harris County, filed a pardon request with the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles on Monday. Mathis said that the request was not based on any actions taken by Floyd to “turn his life around,” but because of the actions of the arresting officer:
“Taken on its own, the arrest does not seem extraordinary. George Floyd had prior criminal offenses, including drug offenses. Goines was a seasoned Houston Police Department Officer on the Drug Task Force with decades of experience.”
An application for a posthumous pardon of George Floyd's 2004 conviction in Texas was filed Monday on behalf of Floyd and his surviving family, according to a copy of the application obtained by CNN. https://t.co/fUEtNjCIVe
— CNN (@CNN) April 27, 2021
Mathis filed the pardon application to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, saying Goines made up the confidential informant in Floyd’s case:
“No one bothered to question the word of a veteran cop against that of a previously convicted Black man.”
Goines is also being charged with two counts of felony murder for a deadly 2019 drug raid. Prosecutors allege that he lied to obtain a “no-knock” warrant for the raid, where Dennis Tuttle, 59, and his wife, Rhogena Nicholas, 58, were killed.
The Harris County DA’s Office has thrown its support behind a request to posthumously pardon George Floyd of a 2004 arrest at Cuney Homes made by disgraced ex-Houston police officer Gerald Goines, per @nkhensley
— Dylan McGuinness (@dylmcguinness) April 27, 2021
To obtain the warrant, Goines claimed that a confidential informant purchased heroin at the home, but later said that there was no informant and that he purchased the drugs himself.
The arrest triggered a review of 14,000 cases involving Goines and other officers who participated in the raid. The review determined that as many as 69 people had allegedly been convicted on false evidence and testimony manufactured by Goines.
A reporter for the Marshall Project tweeted details of an application involving an arrest by former HPD officer Gerald Goines. https://t.co/EXtOLS7iCb
— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) April 27, 2021
Prosecutors attempted to contact Floyd in 2019 but could not locate him. Mathis said Floyd should be pardoned because he was a victim of Goines’ alleged corrupt work:
“It is our contention that Goines did the same thing in George Floyd’s case as he did in the cases of so many others: He made up the existence of a confidential informant who provided crucial evidence to underpin the arrest and no one bothered to question the word of a veteran cop against that of a previously-convicted Black man.”
Derek Chauvin has been found guilty of murder in the May 2020 death of George Floyd. The former MPD officer was convicted of second- and third-degree murder, in addition to manslaughter pic.twitter.com/XY8RNG37St
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 21, 2021
Kim Ogg, the Harris County District Attorney, said she supported the petition to pardon Floyd:
“As part of our ongoing investigation of police corruption exposed by the Harding Street killings, we looked into posthumous relief for a 2004 drug conviction that ensnared George Floyd in the criminal justice system so long ago.
“Prosecutors determined in 2019 that Floyd had been convicted on the lone word of Gerald Goines, a police officer we could no longer trust; we fully support a request that the Governor now pardon George Floyd from that drug conviction.”
The 253-page application for pardon will be reviewed by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles before Texas Gov. Greg Abbott makes the final decision.
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Houston cop indicted on murder charge for shooting man who opened fire on police during a drug raid
February 7, 2021
HOUSTON, TX- On January 25h, a Harris County grand jury indicted another officer for murder and five others for engaging in criminal activity in connection with a deadly raid in southeast Houston in 2019.
These six officers are in addition to six other officers who have already been indicted.
In response, the president of the Houston police union called out Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg for playing dirty politics.
Six Houston police officers indicted in Harding Street investigation https://t.co/4SzH5z6DAB
— Agent Applebutt™️ (@Cream_n_Coffee) January 26, 2021
Houston Police Department (HPD) Officer Felipe Gallegos was indicted for murder by as Harris County grand jury on January 25th for fatally shooting 59-year-old Dennis Tuttle two years earlier.
According to court documents, Gallegos fired the shot that killed Tuttle. He had nothing to do with the bad warrant for the deadly raid. The incident occurred on January 28, 2019 when Houston police attempted to serve a warrant at the home of Tuttle and 58-year-old Rhogena Nicholas in connection with a drug investigation.
During the raid, Tuttle and Nicholas opened fired on police, wounding four officers and injuring a fifth. Both were fatally shot by police.
When the incident was investigated, authorities determined that the lead investigator, now-retired Houston Police Officer Gerald Goines, had falsified some of the information he used to get the search warrant for the home.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced that a grand jury has indicted six more former Houston police officers involved in the deadly Harding Street raid on felony charges. https://t.co/cZza3sB2V1
— FOX26Houston (@FOX26Houston) January 26, 2021
Retired Officer Goines, who was shot in the neck during the gun battle, was indicted on two counts of felony murder in 2019. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said in a statement:
“Although police had reason to investigate the home of Tuttle and Nicholas, the lead investigator allegedly concocted false information in the affidavit used to secure the warrant for the drug raid.”
So far, the District’s Attorney’s Office has gotten multiple indictments on 12 officers involved in the incident. However, most of the charges were related to paperwork and overtime.
As it stands, only retired Officer Goines, who allegedly lied about using a confidential informant to buy heroin at the address and Officer Gallegos, who fired the shot that killed Tuttle, were charged with murder.
After the recent indictments, Chief Acevedo released a statement, which said, in part:
“From the outset of this incident, the department has left no stone unturned to ascertain the facts in this matter.
It was our investigation that uncovered the malfeasance of the two former HPD officers who were subsequently charged with criminal offense related to their actions in obtaining the warrant.”
“Today, I learned that another officer who was involved in the Harding Street officer-involved shooting has been indicted for murder.
I have said many times that the officers involved in the incident, including the officer indicted today, had no involvement in obtaining the warrant and responded appropriately to the deadly threat posed to them during its service.”
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) January 25, 2021
The Harris County grand jury declined to hear testimony from the veteran officer before they indicted Officer Gallegos for murder, despite the fact he had no involvement in getting the warrant.
Houston Police Officers’ Union President Doug Griffith said:
“Every grand jury wants to speak with a witness. This is the first time I’ve heard of a grand jury saying, ‘No, we don’t want to speak with him.’ I don’t see how you can convict Officer Gallegos of murder.”
“This is a no win situation for the DA. This was nothing more than a political play for her friend to file the wrongful death lawsuit. One of the other attorneys said it best. This is nothing more than the return of a political favor.”
Griffith said that Mike Doyle, the attorney who is representing Tuttle’s family in the recent wrongful death lawsuit filed against the city and the officers, was hired by the Harris County district attorney in 2018. Griffith explained:
“The attorney representing the family was a special prosecutor for the Arkema case here in Houston after Hurricane Harvey.”
He finds it a “little odd” that Ogg would just so happen to file charges against Officer Gallegos two years after the incident, but three days before the family filed a wrongful death suit. He added:
“It doesn’t seem like coincidence to me. The district attorney is trying to make it look like a big criminal conspiracy because it provides cover for her friend, the family’s attorney, to go after the city and the officers for the big money. They want the city to settle with a big payout.”
The district attorney has described all of the officers involved as corrupt. During a press conference where Ogg announced the latest charges, she said:
“The consequences of corruption are that two innocent people and their dog were shot to death in their home by police; four officers were shot, one paralyzed, and now all of them will face jurors who will determine their fate.”
Griffith has a problem with Ogg characterizing Tuttle and Nicholas as “innocent people.” He said:
“I have a problem with the DA describing these people as normal average citizens. If normal citizens have cocaine in their homes and shoot cops, then we have a bigger issue.”
According to Griffith, the Houston police union is paying for the legal defense of all the officers involved in the incident except for retired Officers Goines. He said that Ogg has spend millions of taxpayer dollars on the investigation. He said:
“The only thing she has netted in this whole thing were paperwork irregularities and not one bit of this information has she shared with the department.”
He said the indictments have had a chilling effect on pro-active policing in the city. He said:
“Everyone who is doing pro-active police work has pretty much slowed or stopped pro-active policing. Crime is going up. We’re already scrutinized with bodycams and now we can be charged with a criminal act for just doing our job.”
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