What seemed to be a political trial in the first place ended in a conviction for Army Sgt Daniel Perry. In 2020, Sgt Perry was accosted by BLM (Black Lives Matter) protesters, one of whom was carrying an AK-47. As the protesters surrounded his car, and it appeared to Perry that Garrett Foster was about to shoot him. Sgt Perry fatally wounded Mr. Foster. The Austin Police initially ruled it self-defense. But the Progressive DA in Austin summoned a grand jury who indicted him instead. On Friday April 7, he was convicted. Governor Greg Abbott plans to pardon him as soon as possible. Perry’s sentencing is set for April 11.
I am working as swiftly as Texas law allows regarding the pardon of Sgt. Perry. pic.twitter.com/HydwdzneMU
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 8, 2023
Many of the responses to the governor’s tweet were positive for his actions:
“Thank you! The DA intentionally mislead the Grand Jury which is a violation of federal law. Texas needs to pass HB2640 requiring DA’s to present exculpatory evidence in Grand jury proceedings.” @elebull
Of course, liberal hatemongers had other thoughts, like Keith Olberman: “Nice to see you support murder, Abbott.”
Some witnesses stated that Foster never raised his weapon to point it at Perry. This conviction carries a strong lesson for anyone who posts on social media: be careful what you say. We are all frustrated and even angry with the way the country is headed…but use wisdom in the posts. Remember that the people are watching what you say. In this case, it may have been what caused the jury to convict a decorated soldier.
That evening, July 25, 2020, Perry pulled his car into a group of about 20 protesters marching for Black lives at the corner of Fourth Street and Congress Avenue in downtown Austin. He stopped and protesters rushed to his car and began slapping and kicking it. Foster, a 28-year-old Air Force veteran openly carrying an AK-47, approached the driver’s side door and made some kind of comment. Perry opened the window and fired five shots at Foster’s chest, killing him.
After turning himself in, Perry told Austin police officers that he’d fired in self-defense when Foster threatened him with the AK-47; police believed him and let him go. His attorneys made the same argument at the trial with testimony from experts who said that Foster was in position to shoot Perry and could have done so within a split second. But prosecutors with the District Attorney’s Office showed the jury text messages and social media posts Perry had written demonstrating that he harbored a deep hatred for BLM protesters and fantasized about killing them. The Austin Chronicle
The conviction devastated Sgt Perry. He was fearful that he’d never get to hug his mother again and knew that the whole case destroyed his Army career forever. He loved being a soldier. Even if the Governor is able to pardon him, his US military days are over.
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