(TargetLiberty.org) – On Saturday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) stated that he would be seeking a pardon for Army sergeant Daniel Perry, who was convicted on Friday of murder after fatally shooting an armed Black Lives Matter protester, Garret Forster.
In a tweet, Abbott disclosed that he was working as quickly as allowed by Texas law to get a pardon for Sgt. Perry. In an additional statement that he posted, the Texas governor also noted that Texas has strong “‘Stand Your Ground’ laws of self-defense that cannot be nullified by a jury or a progressive District Attorney.”
The case is now to be reviewed by the state’s Board of Pardons and Paroles following Abbott’s request, in an expedited timeline. Abbot commented that as soon as the Board’s pardon recommendation reaches his desk he is going to be signing it immediately. Whether or not Perry manages to get a pardon is entirely limited by the board’s recommendation.
At the time of the incident, Perry had been working for a ride-sharing company., when he saw protesters heading down a street in downtown Austin during The Black Lives Matter march. The march had been after the killing of George Floyd, a Black man, at the knee of a white police officer in Minneapolis. According to the reports, the army sergeants first stopped and honked while driving through the crowd, but in time Foster approached the car holding an AK47 rifle. It was after being approached that Perry shot Foster in what he claimed was self-defense.
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