When an army sergeant was found guilty on Friday of kἰlling a protester at a Black Lives Matter rally in 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he was seeking to pardon the man.
In 2021, a White army sergeant and Uber driver Daniel Perry were charged with homicide for the fatal shooting of White protester Garrett Foster during a Black Lives Matter rally in Austin, Texas. His actions during the demonstration led to additional charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and lethal conduct.
Perry, 35, was found guilty of murdeɼ by a jury in Travis County on Friday. The jury found him not guilty of aggravated assault with a deἀdly weapon, and the county attorney’s office is still considering whether or not to file charges related to lethal behavior.
“I am working as swiftly as Texas law allows regarding the pardon of Sgt. Perry,” Abbott tweeted on Saturday.
The Republican governor of Texas tweeted that he has “made that request and instructed the Board to accelerate its assessment” in order to evaluate whether or not a pardon should be given.
In addition, Abbott stated that Texas’ “Stand Your Ground” law is “one of the strongest” in the nation. Clint Broden, Perry’s attorney, expressed his “disappointment” at the verdict.
Broden told CNN via text message on Saturday 8 April, “We are disappointed in the verdict both as it relates to Daniel Perry and as it relates to a citizen’s ability to protect oneself.” We expect Sgt. Perry to appeal the verdict and remain optimistic that the decision will be reversed on appeal.
The procedure of granting pardons “is outside of our control,” he said in response to Abbott’s tweet. The approaching sentence hearing and marshaling information relating to Sgt. Perry’s character and devotion to our country, he added, is the primary focus of Perry’s legal team.
Abbott’s statements that he would intervene in the case were described as “very worrisome” by Travis County District Attorney José Garza.
After approaching Perry’s automobile with an assault weapon, the defense claims, Perry shot Foster in self-defense. His attorneys claim that at the time of the murdeɼ, Perry was an active-duty sergeant driving for an app like Uber. His attorneys have stated that he was unaware of the protest until after he dropped off a client in the area. His attorneys claim he was armed in the automobile for self-defense while driving.
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The prosecution contended that Perry started the confrontation by turning into the police brutality protest gathering while the light was red. Perry allegedly also made social media posts about shooting protestors.
Shortly after the shooting, Foster, age 28, passed away. Garza has promised the Foster family that he will never give up fighting for them and for a fair legal system. I’m aware of how long Garrett’s loved ones have been seeking redress for him. “I am more sorry than words can say that justice seems so unattainable for them right now,” the district attorney said.
A sentencing hearing for Perry will likely be scheduled on Monday 10 April.
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