Louisville community activist pardoned by President Trump

Published 9:10 am Thursday, December 24, 2020

A Louisville community activist has been granted a full federal pardon by President Donald Trump.

Christopher 2X, who runs a nonprofit devoted to guiding youths to lead productive lives, often acts as a conduit between Louisville’s African American community and police and city officials during times of tension.

He was among 26 people pardoned Wednesday by Trump, WDRB-TV reported.

“I’m extremely grateful to be pardoned by President Trump,” 2X said in a statement. “I’ve worked hard for the past 20 years for peace and justice and to help those impacted by gun violence, especially children.”

In 1990, 2X was convicted of possessing cocaine, and in 1997, he was found guilty of theft after the person he loaned a rented car to never returned it. He was pardoned for those crimes last year by then-Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin. The White House said Wednesday’s pardon is for federal cocaine charges.