Texas Jury Rejects Daniel Perry’s Claim that Garrett Foster Pointed a Rifle at Him

In April, a Texas jury determined that Army Sergeant Daniel Perry was guilty of murdering Garrett Foster, a protester at a Black Lives Matter protester he confronted at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in July 2020. Shortly after the verdict was rendered. Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced he would pardon Perry. 

On Twitter, Abbott stated that Texas “one of the strongest” self-defense laws in the nation and that the law “cannot be nullified by a jury or a progressive District Attorney.”

Perry was previously stationed at Fort Hood and on the night of his confrontation with Foster was working an Uber shift. As he was turning right from Fourth Street onto Congress Avenue, he honked his horn at a crowd that was protesting the death of George Floyd. 

According to Perry’s comments to law enforcement, he had no idea the protest was taking place or what it was about.

The Austin protesters thought he had deliberately driven into a crowd.  They swarmed his car. At the time, Foster was legally carrying a semi-automatic AK-47 rifle on a sling. He approached the driver’s side, which prompted Perry to open the window.

In a matter of seconds, Perry took out his revolver, which he legally carried for self-defense, and shot Foster five times. “The guy pointed a freaking weapon at me and I panicked,” Perry said when he called 911 after fleeing the scene. 

The crucial question in this case was whether Foster had pointed his rifle at Perry. The prosecution argued that Foster never raised his rifle. In effect, the jurors unanimously determined that the prosecution had disproven Perry’s self-defense claim beyond a reasonable doubt.   

At this point, the Texas state government needs to do everything possible to free Perry. What’s the point of the right to self-defense when someone gets imprisoned for defending himself against an unruly leftist mob.

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