Texas Governor Eager to Pardon Convicted BLM Murderer
The incredibly controversial case of 37-year-old Daniel Perry continues even after a recent guilty verdict.
On Friday, Perry was convicted of murder by a Texas jury. Perry had murdered a legally armed 28-year-old during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protest in Austin. The most perplexing issues of the case were whether Perry was killed in self-defense or not.
2020 BLM PROTEST IN AUSTIN
Perry, an Army Sergeant stationed in Fort Hood back in 2020, was working for Uber on the busy night of the 2020 BLM protest in Austin. According to the Washington Post, "As protesters were crossing a street in downtown Austin and Perry laid on the horn of his vehicle." What happened next would change the lives of two men forever.
SELF-DEFENSE OR UNPROVOKED?
Garrett Foster was nearby with his legal AK-47 strapped to his chest. A video shows protesters screaming and scattering after shots rang out in the area. Perry quickly drove off and the 28-year-old Foster was laying on the ground, shot dead.
Perry later turned himself in to the police, claiming he had shot Foster in self-defense. However, witnesses testified that "Foster never raised his rifle."
GOV PUSHING FOR PARDON
Perry was convicted of murder however, the case isn't closed. Governor Abbott is heavily pushing for a pardon. In Texas, the Board of Pardons and Paroles can recommend pardons, which the governor approves or denies. The governor is also able to request the board to consider a pardon.
“I look forward to approving the Board’s pardon as soon as it hits my desk,” Abbott tweeted.