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April 10, 2023
Greg Abbott seeks pardon for Uber driver (wrongly) convicted of murdering an Antifa commrade
There may be some hope for Daniel Perry after all. On Friday, Perry was convicted of murder for shooting Garrett Foster during a 2020 Black Lives Matter protest. In his statement on the ruling, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said, "I am working as swiftly as Texas law allows regarding the pardon of Sgt. Perry," and explained, "Unlike the President or some other states, the Texas Constitution limits the Governor's pardon authority to only act on a recommendation by the Board of Pardons and Paroles," [...] "I have made that request [for a pardon] and and instructed the Board to expedite its review."
\u201cI am working as swiftly as Texas law allows regarding the pardon of Sgt. Perry.\u201d— Greg Abbott (@Greg Abbott) 1680980796
\u201cBREAKING: Greg Abbott vows to pardon Sgt. Daniel Perry after murder conviction in death of BLM rioter\n\nhttps://t.co/LMmt9CNCZL\u201d— The Post Millennial (@The Post Millennial) 1680982081
If you aren't familiar with the case, Perry was driving an Uber when he came across an armed Antifa group that had taken over the streets of Austin. If you recall, roaming armed Antifa militias were somewhat common during the summer of 2020.
According to the Austin Police department's description, the Antifa group surrounded Perry's car, which included Foster, who was armed with a rifle. Perry's defense team said he had to defend himself against the mob. Perry told the 911 operator that night, "I made a wrong turn, a guy pointed a freakin weapon at me and I panicked. I don’t know what to do. I’m just an Uber driver. I made a wrong turn; I’ve never had to shoot someone before. They started shooting back at me, and I got out of the area."
Perry fired five shots out of the Uber, which hit Foster, who had not fired first. Another Antifa member fired three shots at Perry's car, but didn't hit anyone.
Now, I'm no lawyer, but it does seem like being surrounded by a gang of armed Antifa members would probably make someone fear for their life. Just a tad. And also probably warrant a "Stand Your Ground" situation. The prosecution, however, claimed Perry could have just driven away before he fired the shots. But as Perry himself said, he panicked because someone pointed a gun at him.
So only time will tell whether Perry will get off. But if he doesn't, he's facing up to life in prison.
Lily is a Zoomer college dropout who somehow landed a writing gig here at LwC.com. In her spare time, she enjoys going for runs, touching grass, and occasionally tweeting tweets for fellow tweeters.
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