George Floyd is being denied a posthumous pardon by the Texas parole board after recommending admission last year

The board did not cite a reason for the decision in the letter, which was sent Thursday to the Harris County public defender who is working on behalf of Floyd’s surviving family members.

“After a full and careful review of the application and other information submitted with the application, a majority of the Board decided not to recommend a Full Pardon and/or Innocence Pardon,” the letter states.

In the petition, Allison Mathis, an attorney with the Harris County Public Defender’s Office, said the petition was filed because Floyd’s arresting officer in the drug case, Gerald Goines, “fabricated the existence of confidential informants to bolster the case against innocent people.”

An attorney for Goines told CNN at the time, “We stand by the original case. We certainly stand by Mr. Floyd’s cause, but that doesn’t change the fact that his earlier conviction was legal.”

Goines arrested Floyd on February 5, 2004, at which time Floyd allegedly had crack cocaine and gave the drugs to an unnamed “second suspect” who agreed to sell the drugs to Goines undercover. The “second suspect” was not arrested, Goines stated in his offense report, “in an attempt to further traffic narcotics.” [sic] in this area”.

Goines, a 35-year law enforcement veteran, was later indicted and pleaded not guilty to unrelated counts of murder and tampering with a government record. His case is still pending.

Floyd, who is Black, died in 2020 after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is White, knelt on Floyd’s neck for several minutes during an arrest. The killing catalyzed global and national protests to condemn social injustice, particularly regarding excessive force used by law enforcement against people of color. Chauvin was convicted of multiple counts of murder.
Last December, Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s office announced that the parole board had withdrawn 25 recommendations, including Floyd’s, citing “procedural flaws and failure to follow Board rules.”

Board members are appointed by the state’s governor, and the newest member was appointed about two weeks ago, according to the board’s website.

CNN has reached out to Abbott’s office and the state Pardon and Parole Board for further comment.