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Texas Governor Pardons Uber Driver Convicted of Killing Black Lives Matter Protester

By Steve Gorman

(Reuters) – An Uber driver convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison for fatally shooting a man who took part in a Black Lives Matter protest in 2020 was granted a full pardon on Thursday by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

The clemency proclamation for Daniel Perry, a U.S. Army sergeant, was issued shortly after the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole unanimously recommended a full pardon and restoration of Perry’s firearm rights following an investigation the board conducted at the governor’s request .

Perry was found guilty in April 2023 of murder in the shooting death of 28-year-old Garrett Foster, a U.S. Air Force veteran who was shot at a Black Lives Matter rally in Austin, the state capital, in July 2020.

The demonstration came amid a storm of protests across the country against racial injustice and police brutality in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by officers in Minneapolis in May of that year.

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Perry has maintained he acted in self-defense when he shot Foster, claiming he had no choice but to open fire with his gun when Foster pointed the AK-47 he legally carried at Perry. Perry is white, just like Foster.

Perry was driving through the city that evening and had driven his Uber car onto a street where protesters were marching, causing crowd members to believe they were in danger of being attacked by his vehicle, according to media accounts of the incident.

During the trial, the two sides presented conflicting stories about whether Foster pointed his gun at Perry.

Abbott, a Republican, said a day after Perry was convicted in a case brought by Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza, a Democrat, that he would seek a pardon under state law allowing the use of a handgun. in self-defense.

“Texas has one of the strongest ‘Stand Your Ground’ self-defense laws that cannot be overturned by a jury or a progressive prosecutor,” Abbott said in issuing pardon proclamations.

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(Reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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