Wayne raises a great question in comments. He wanted to know about George Floyd’s criminal history. I went looking for the answer, and I did find it after some time, but it was difficult because the story from Minneapolis is overshadowing Floyd’s history. I finally resorted to a search of Texas criminal records. Wayne asks:
Career criminal with a history of street drug use? Got a source for that?
So here is the story:
Keep in mind that Floyd would have turned 18 in October of 1991. Therefore, no criminal history would be available before that year, if indeed there was one.
He was arrested in 1997 for delivery of a controlled substance and received a sentence of six months in jail.
Floyd served ten months in prison stemming from a charge of aggravated robbery with a firearm in August 1998 (pictured) after a plea agreement to reduce it to “theft from person”
While he was awaiting trial for that one, he was again arrested for theft in December of 1998 and was sentenced for 10 days.
In 2001, he was sentenced to 10 days for failure to identify himself.
In April of 2002, he was convicted of criminal trespass and received 30 days for that.
In 2003, he served 30 days for trespassing in a structure, then later that year served eight months in prison for possession of cocaine stemming from an arrest in October of 2002. This was followed by ten more months in prison in 2004, after he was again arrested for possession of cocaine.
Then in 2005, Floyd was sentenced to 10 months in state jail for possession of cocaine, after being arrested for distributing cocaine and getting it reduced to simple possession in a plea bargain.
Floyd served five years in prison from 2009 to 2014 for second conviction for aggravated assault stemming from a robbery in 2007 where he entered a woman’s home, pressed a gun into her stomach and searched the home for drugs and money.
For the seventeen year period spanning 1997 to 2014, Floyd spent at least half of his time in prison. The majority of the remaining time was spent on pretrial release. Here is the record from just the one county in Texas that I searched (Harris).
He was also arrested under several aliases, but I thought I had a clear picture and didn’t feel like searching them. You can if you want.
Granted, his history is not admissible in court, but it certainly paints a clear picture of who he was. Now there are plenty who are claiming that he was “turning his life around,” but you will excuse me if I say that I have heard that song before.