Prosecutors investigate irregularities in Texas police officer's 2004 arrest of George Floyd

Prosecutors investigate irregularities in Texas police officer's 2004 arrest of George Floyd
© getty: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner speaks during the private funeral for George Floyd on June 9, 2020 in Houston, Texas.

Prosecutors in Texas’s Harris County are investigating irregularities in the record of a Houston police officer who arrested George Floyd in 2004 on a minor drug charge, the Associated Press reported Friday. 

Floyd, who died at the hands of Minneapolis police on May 25, reportedly pleaded guilty in 2004 and served time for selling $10 worth of crack. 

But Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg told the AP that Floyd’s case could be one of the dozens that former officer Gerald Goines fabricated during his tenure.

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“Gerald Goines’ arrest of George Floyd reveals an offense report that is incomplete and suspect,” Ogg said in a statement to the AP. “I have instructed prosecutors to verify the facts in this offense report.”

Goines is also facing murder charges after he provided false information in a January drug raid that left two people dead and several officers injured in 2019.

Dozens of convictions stemming from Goines’s arrests have already been dismissed dating back to 2008. The police department told the AP that if Floyd’s case is found to be falsified, all of Goines’s cases dating back to 2004 will be considered tainted. 

Nicole DeBorde, Goines’s attorney, said that the attorney general is using Floyd’s death to gain political points ahead of the November election. 

“Regarding Ogg’s resurrecting of a decade and a half old case without a shred of new information - this is a transparent and opportunistic effort to capitalize on Floyd’s murder,” DeBorde told the AP.

Floyd died on May 25 after a former police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes until he became unresponsive. Bystander video captured at the time of his arrest showed Floyd pleading for air and telling the officer that he could not breathe. 

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Floyd was pronounced dead 90 minutes after his arrest. 

The former officer who knelt on his neck, Derek Chauvin, was dismissed from the Minneapolis Police Department and charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. 

The other officers on the scene were also arrested and charged with aiding and abetting second degree murder.