Texas Gov Makes Controversial Move To Pardon Army Sergeant

 April 10, 2023

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is working "swiftly" to pardon an Army sergeant convicted of a murder that occurred during a Black Lives Matter riot.

Sergeant Daniel Perry was convicted last week of the murder of a demonstrator.

Abbott said he will seek a pardon for Perry who shot a Black Lives Matter protester during an anti-police demonstration in 2020.

"I am working as swiftly as Texas law allows regarding the pardon of Sgt. Perry," Abbott said in a tweet Saturday.

Abbott also issued a statement on how his office will go about issuing a pardon.

"Abbott said in his tweet that pardons in Texas must be recommended by the Board of Pardons and Paroles," reports Fox.

"I have made that request and instructed the board to expedite its review," said Abbott.

"Army Sgt. Daniel Perry was convicted of murder on Friday for shooting and killing a Black Lives Matter protester holding an AK-47 after the gun was raised toward him," reports Fox News. "The Austin Police Department concluded at the time that Perry acted in self-defense."

"Among the protesters was 28-year-old Garrett Foster, who was carrying an AK-47. Perry's defense team says the demonstrators encircled and started pounding on his vehicle and that Foster raised the firearm at Perry, prompting him to open fire with a handgun he legally carried for self-defense," reported Fox News.