Abbott pardons killer of BLM Protester

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16 May 2024, 10:17 pm

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott pardons Daniel Perry, Army sergeant convicted of murdering protester in 2020

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a pardon Thursday for the Army sergeant convicted of murder last year in the fatal shooting of a protester in downtown Austin in July 2020.

Daniel Perry was found guilty by a Travis County jury last year in the murder of Garrett Foster and sentenced to 25 years in prison. At the same time, Abbott made clear that he would like to pardon Perry and asked the Board of Pardons and Paroles to consider Perry's case.

The board offered a unanimous recommendation on Thursday to pardon Perry, and Abbott signed the declaration. Perry was released from prison shortly after.

Travis County District Attorney José Garza condemned the pardon, saying the board and Abbott "made a mockery of our legal system."

"Their actions are contrary to the law and demonstrate that there are two classes of people in this state where some lives matter and some lives do not," Garza said Thursday in a statement. "They have sent a message to Garrett Foster’s family, to his partner, and to our community that his life does not matter."

He added that it also sent a message to community members who gave up their time to be on the grand jury and trial jury that their service "does not matter."

Perry encountered a group of protesters in downtown Austin on July 25, 2020, roughly 70 miles from where he was based in Fort Hood, police said. The group was demonstrating against racial injustice and police brutality in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed weeks earlier by a Minnesota police officer.

Foster was taking part in the protest and legally carrying a semiautomatic rifle when he approached the intersection where Perry was in his car. Perry shot Foster from the vehicle with a handgun.

Police said Perry told them that Foster, an Air Force veteran, had pointed the rifle at him and he acted in self-defense. Abbott argued that Perry should have been exempt from prosecution under Texas' "stand your ground" law.

Prosecutors used prior social media posts and text messages from Perry to portray him as a racist at trial, and argued he simply could have driven away without firing his weapon. Witnesses also testified that they never saw Foster raise his firearm at Perry.

Perry was convicted of murder, but acquitted of a second charge, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The governor's pardon Thursday will restore Perry's rights as if he were never convicted, including the right to own firearms.

Texas' Department of Criminal Justice confirmed Perry was released from prison following the pardon.


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17 May 2024, 3:38 am

It's a foreshadowing of one possible future: Trump pardoning every person convicted of taking part in his palace coup on 2020-01-06, while laughing his ass off and thumbing his nose at justice-loving Americans.


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19 May 2024, 2:24 am

the United States is a most peculiar place, permitting elected officials to act with impunity.



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19 May 2024, 3:02 am

If he'd shot a Proud Boy or Oath Keeper, Abbott would have had him executed immediately.


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19 May 2024, 4:16 am

Suring up his support base by acting in a way that keeps his conservative supporters happy.



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19 May 2024, 4:27 pm

^

Its "shore up". Like reinforcing the levees on the shore of a river.

Not "sure up".


Though you're not alone in mishearing the actual expression and thinking that its "sure up".

But either way...thats what the governor is doing.



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19 May 2024, 11:16 pm

derives from the noun shore , meaning “prop,” a beam or timber propped against a structure to provide support. The verb shore dates from 1340 and was first recorded in a figurative context in 1581.

Well whaddya know! learned something new