Lawmaker Slams Greg Abbott Over Daniel Perry Pardon

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( – On Thursday, May 16, Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro (Texas) slammed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), claiming he was allied with “white nationalists” after the governor decided to pardon Daniel Perry. Perry was previously found guilty of killing a Black Lives Matter (BLM) activist back in 2020. 

In a statement, Castro said that before Perry killed the protester, he had told one of his friends that he might head down to “Dallas to shoot looters.” A year earlier, he had written a threatening comment against Muslims.

Following Abbott’s announcement that he would be pardoning Perry, Castro said the governor’s “alliance with white nationalists” was resulting in more dangerous people being put on the street. 

Perry was original convicted back in April of 2023 for the murder of Garret Foster in 2020. When the protest took place, Perry was operating as an Uber driver and had taken a passenger to downtown Austin. He then attempted to drive his vehicle through the crowd of protesters. Perry alleged that Foster, who was legally allowed to carry an AK-47, was armed and pointed the gun at him.

Perry was legally carrying a firearm at the time as well. He ended up firing at Foster, alleging that he was scared for his life. Following the murder of Foster, he was sentenced to spend 25 years in prison. Perry claimed that he shot Foster in self-defense, and many conservatives have supported this argument. However, prosecutors argued that witnesses contradicted some of his claims, saying that Foster never aimed his weapon at Perry.

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