Greg Abbott, the Republican governor of Texas, has heard all of the indignation surrounding Sgt. Daniel Perry’s conviction, and he is now taking action.
For those unfamiliar, Perry was propelled into the spotlight after he was accused of shooting and murdering Garrett Foster, a Black Lives Matter protester.
Tragically, two service members were involved in this incident, as Perry is a U.S. Army sergeant and Foster was a veteran of the Air Force.
According to The Guardian, Perry was traveling for Uber in downtown Austin on July 25, 2020, where a BLM rally was occurring as part of nationwide protests and unrest over the death of George Floyd.
After protestors surrounded his vehicle and Foster pointed an AK-47 at him, Perry’s legal team argued that the sergeant had no choice but to shoot Foster in self-defense.
According to the Austin American-Statesman, a Travis County jury did not find Perry’s defense to be persuasive enough, and he was convicted of homicide on Friday.
However, he was not found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, despite allegations that he intentionally rammed his vehicle into the protestors.
Journalist Andy Ngo tweeted an image purporting to show the moment preceding the shooting:
After the BLM mob attacked the car of Uber driver Daniel Perry, they surrounded him. #BLM boogaloo member Garrett Foster went up to the driver with his rifle before being shot dead by Perry. Perry was convicted yesterday of murder in Austin, Texas. The case was prosecuted by… pic.twitter.com/tzMjhpB4ih
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) April 8, 2023
Given that Texas has some of the most stringent “stand your ground” self-defense laws in the country, the conviction sent shockwaves through conservative circles.
A common theme among reactionary commentators is that Perry was convicted due to a district attorney financed by George Soros.
Daniel Perry was working as an Uber driver in Austin, TX when he found himself in the middle of a BLM mob.
A guy came up to his car and pointed an AK-47 at him and he fired back in self defense.
He was indicted for murder by a Soros-funded DA and was just found guilty. pic.twitter.com/bx5kLXzqva
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) April 7, 2023
The lead detective in the Daniel Perry case was ordered by the CORRUPT SOROS OWNED DA to REMOVE evidence that would prove his innocence. This is unconscionable. This injustice needs to be FIXED NOW!! pic.twitter.com/IZhAi5OO17
— Ronny Jackson (@RonnyJacksonTX) April 8, 2023
These objections to Perry’s conviction have apparently reached Abbott.
The Texas governor announced on Saturday that he is working on a pardon for Perry:
I am working as swiftly as Texas law allows regarding the pardon of Sgt. Perry. pic.twitter.com/HydwdzneMU
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 8, 2023
“Texas has one of the strongest ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws of self-defense that cannot be nullified by a jury or a progressive supreme court,” Abbott wrote.
“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. Texas law DOES allow the Governor to request the Board of Pardons and Paroles to determine if a person should be granted a pardon.
“I have made that request and instructed the Board to expedite its review,” Abbott said.
“Additionally, I have already prioritized reining in rogue District Attorneys, and the Texas Legislature is working on laws to achieve that goal.”
Restricting district attorneys and clemency for Perry? If Abbott succeeds, you can guarantee that liberal activists will be disappointed.