June 21, 2024
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Please, can we vote this creep out?

You remember Daniel Perry, don’t you? He’s the guy in Texas who developed a hatred of Black Lives Matter protesters in 2020 and wrote to friends about how he planned to kill a few of them. Eventually he did. He deliberately drove his car into a crowd of BLM protesters, claimed that one of them had maybe raised a rifle in his direction, and then gunned him down before plowing through the rest of the crowd to make his escape.

A jury—in Texas—unanimously convicted him of murder and sentenced him to 25 years in prison, but right wingers were outraged and Gov. Greg Abbott promised to pardon him just as soon as he could.

NOT law and order. The jury UNANIMOUSLY convicted him of murder.

Background-this is my problem, incidentally with open carry. We need gun control.

Murder

On July 25, 2020, Daniel Perry, a then-30-year old United States Army sergeant, had been working his Uber shift when he encountered a protest against police brutality that was blocking the road. Perry originally stopped and honked his car horn at the protesters, but later ran a red light and drove his car into the crowd.[5] Garrett Foster, a 28-year old United States Air Force veteran who was legally open carrying an AK-47 walked up to Perry in an attempt to tell him to stop driving into the crowd.[6] After he walked up to Perry’s vehicle, Perry shot and killed Foster. Perry claimed self-defense and claimed that Foster had pointed his weapon at him, but eyewitnesses contradicted this account.[7][8]

When Perry was interviewed by police about what happened before the shooting and how Foster held his gun, Perry said: “I believe he was going to aim it at me … I didn’t want to give him a chance to aim at me, you know.”[9][10]

Trial and conviction

In July 2021, nearly a year after the killing, a Travis County grand jury indicted Perry on charges of murder and aggravated assault. Perry turned himself in and was shortly released from jail on a $300,000 bond.[11]

Perry’s trial for the murder of Foster took place at the end of March 2023 to the beginning of April 2023, nearly three years after the incident. The prosecution argued that since Foster had been exercising his right to open carry, there was no justification for Perry shooting him. The prosecution revealed that Perry had made multiple posts and direct messages on social media expressing his desire to shoot Black Lives Matter protesters, writing in messages, “I might have to kill a few people on my way to work, they are rioting outside my apartment complex,” and “I might go to Dallas to shoot looters.” A friend of Perry’s responded to him warning him of instigating protesters, stating, “We went through the same training … Shooting after creating an event where you have to shoot, is not a good shoot.” Perry had expressed his support for violence against protesters on at least three social media posts, suggesting in one post to “shoot center of mass” because “it is a bigger target”, and in another stated, “Send [protesters] to Texas we will show them why we say you don’t mess with Texas.”[12][1

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