Texas Governor Fights for Uber Driver’s Pardon in BLM Protest Shooting

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Saturday that he is seeking a pardon for Daniel Perry, a U.S. Army sergeant and Uber driver convicted of murder in connection to a Black Lives Matter protest shooting in July 2020. According to the governor’s Twitter post, he will grant the pardon as soon as a request from the state’s Board of Pardons and Paroles reaches his desk. However, he noted that he can only grant pardons on the board’s recommendation.

The incident occurred in downtown Austin when Perry, who is white, shot and killed 28-year-old Garrett Foster, also white, who was carrying an AK-47 during a Black Lives Matter demonstration. Perry claimed he acted in self-defense after Foster pointed the weapon at him. A jury found Perry guilty of murder, but the governor believes that under Texas law, Perry was within his rights to stand his ground.

The case has highlighted disparities in how different states handle such situations, with some questioning if Perry would have received the same treatment in states with more progressive district attorneys. Governor Abbott has emphasized that he will work as swiftly as Texas law allows regarding Perry’s pardon, sparking a debate on self-defense laws and the role of firearms in protests.

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