Texas DA: Officer Who Arrested George Floyd On Drug Charge In 2004 Likely Lied
According to The Wall Street Journal, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg’s office concluded that “a scandal-ridden former Houston police officer likely lied when he arrested George Floyd on a minor drug offense for which Mr. Floyd served time in state jail.”
- Ogg said that her office’s examination of Floyd’s 2004 case could extend their investigation to examine more arrests made by Gerald Goines, who was “charged with murder after a botched drug raid in 2019 in which two people were killed,” wrote The Journal.
- Goines, who has also been charged with tampering with a government record by lying in order to obtain the search warrant that authorized the deadly 2019 raid, is the officer who arrested Floyd in 2004 over what “Ms. Ogg described as a one-rock, $10 crack buy,” the report continued.
- Ogg suggested that “years before Mr. Floyd was killed by a former Minneapolis police officer with a history of complaints on his record, he may have been set up by a Houston officer with a notorious background,” the Journal reported.
“Goines was likely lying in this case,” she said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, pointing to several red flags, including that the deal was “very small time” and that Mr. Goines was the only police-officer witness. “These are not cases that we would take or that we would accept for charges under my administration.”
- Floyd’s arrest and conviction for review has led to a wider investigation into thousands of other cases involving Goines, who was on the Houston Police Department’s narcotics squad.
- Ogg stated that the likelihood that Goines lied about Floyd’s arrest could cause her office to “broaden that review of Mr. Goines’s cases in an effort to offer relief to those who may have been wrongfully accused, arrested and convicted,” the report said.
“It means that we’ll move that marker back and we’ll look at even more defendants convicted earlier than we have previously,” Ogg added.
- Ogg’s office has asked a judge to dismiss one case and overturn two convictions so far. In addition, it has also requested that judges appoint lawyers for 152 defendants whose cases have been identified as needing to be overturned.
- Nicole DeBorde Hochglaube, who is the attorney for Goines, questioned the timing of Ogg’s attention to Floyd’s 2004 arrest and conviction, given that Goines’s case is still in court. “This is nothing but a political press move on her part,” DeBorde Hochglaube said, and an attempt to put Mr. Goines’s name back in the news.
Ogg’s office had attempted to notify Floyd about the review of cases involving Goines but now believes “he likely never received the March 2019 letter, which was sent to his last known address on Nalle Street in Houston’s Third Ward,” the Journal wrote.
“Based on a review of criminal cases filed in Harris County, Texas, it appears that former Houston Police Department Officer Gerald Goines may have been involved in the above-referenced case which resulted in your conviction,” the letter said. “Please be informed that Officer Goines has been relieved of duty and is currently under criminal investigation.”