Prior to his death in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, George Floyd had a long criminal history:
- On August 2, 1997, Floyd was arrested for delivering less than one gram of cocaine to another individual, and he was subsequently sentenced to approximately 6 months in jail.
- In 1998, Floyd was convicted of thefts that he committed on September 25 and December 9 of that year. He was sentenced to a total of 10 months and 10 days in jail for those two offenses.
- On August 29, 2001, Floyd was sentenced to 15 days in jail for “failure to identify to a police officer,” according to court documents. Specifically, he had refused to give his name, address, or birth date to an officer who was arresting him for reasons that are unknown.
- On October 29, 2002, Floyd was arrested for possessing less than one gram of cocaine, and he was subsequently sentenced to approximately 8 months in prison.
- On January 3, 2003, Floyd was arrested for criminal trespassing on private property, and he was subsequently sentenced to approximately 30 days in prison.
- On February 6, 2004, Floyd was arrested for intending to give less than one gram of cocaine to another individual, and he was subsequently sentenced to approximately 10 months in prison.
- On December 15, 2005, Floyd was arrested for having less than one gram of cocaine in his possession, and he was subsequently sentenced to about 10 months in state jail.
- In 2009 Floyd was arrested for a 1st-degree felony — assault and armed robbery — in which he had participated on August 9, 2007. In that incident, two adult women — Aracely Henriquez and Angel Negrete — were in a Harris County, Texas home with a toddler when they heard a knock at the front door. When Henriquez looked out the window, she saw a man (Floyd) “dressed in a blue uniform” who said “he was with the water department.” But soon after Henriquez opened the door, she realized that Floyd was not affiliated with the water department, and she attempted to shut the door. But Floyd pressed a pistol against Henriquez’s abdomen and forced his way into the house. At that moment a Ford truck pulled up to the house’s main entrance, and five other black males exited the vehicle and entered the woman’s house along with Floyd. While Floyd and four of these accomplices searched the residence and demanded to know where any money and drugs may have been hidden, the fifth accomplice struck Henriquez on the head and sides with his pistol while she screamed for help. Floyd and his gang ultimately found no cash or drugs in the house, but they stole jewelry and a cellphone before fleeing the scene in their truck. In 2009 Floyd was sentenced to 5 years in prison, but he was eventually paroled in January 2013.
- At approximately 8 p.m. on May 25, 2020, someone inside a South Minneapolis convenience store called police to report that Floyd had used a $20 counterfeit bill to buy cigarettes before running outside to a nearby parked vehicle.
Further Reading: “Background Check: Investigating George Floyd’s Criminal Record” (By Jessica Lee, 6-12-2020); “George Floyd Criminal Past Record” (The Courier Daily, 6-11-2020).