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George Floyd among the numerous arrested by tainted Houston cop

George Floyd, the man whose May death at the hands of Minneapolis police sparked outrage around the world, is among the numerous possible victims of wrongful arrest initiated by a disgraced former Houston police official. In 2004, ex-narcotics officer Gerald Goines arrested Floyd, who grew up in Houston, in a case involving $10 worth of crack. Floyd pleaded guilty and served 10 months in jail.

Floyd’s case is one of hundreds getting further scrutiny by Houston prosecutors, who are reviewing 11 years’ worth of cases involving Goines. Prosecutors say they intend to dismiss many of the cases. Goines, now retired from the police force, allegedly lied about many of these cases that entrapped more than 100 people. Goines currently faces a murder charge stemming from a botched drug raid in January 2019.

Goines may have framed many

Prosecutors claim that Goines framed many people in these drug arrests, leading to their incarceration, loss of job prospects as well as lost life opportunities.

Floyd was arrested in February 2004 by Goines, who was working undercover. The arrest took place outside a corner store across from the public-housing complex where Floyd grew up in Houston. Goines arrived near the store and gave cash to a man for crack. The man – likely a confidential informant – then slipped the money to Floyd who was nearby. Goines said that Floyd removed the drugs from his pants and handed them to the other man. Police did not arrest the other man.

Goines’s attorney said that her client made a clean arrest of Floyd, and there was no evidence of wrongdoing.

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