A Texas parole board appointed by the state's Republican governor has apparently changed its mind about granting a posthumous pardon to George Floyd for charges arising from a drug-related arrest orchestrated by an indicted police officer. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted unanimously last October to recommend the pardon following Floyd's death on May 25, 2020, at the hands of convicted murderer and former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The white cop kneeled on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes, causing his death.
The parole board didn't detail its reasoning for the reversal of the decision in a letter CNN obtained from the Harris County public defender working with Floyd's relatives. “After a full and careful review of the application and other information filed with the application, a majority of the Board decided not to recommend a Full Pardon and/or Pardon for Innocence,” officials wrote in the letter last Wednesday. They said in the letter that Floyd’s family can reapply in two years.