Daniel Perry, a 35-year-old sergeant in the U.S. Army, has been given a 25-year prison term for the killing of a protester associated with the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020. Perry maintained that he acted in self-defense during the incident and could have faced a sentence ranging from 5 to 99 years. It is worth mentioning that the Republican Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, has made a promise to grant Perry a pardon.
During the time when George Floyd’s death was being protested, Garrett Foster, a 28-year-old Caucasian man, was among those participating in the demonstrations.
“The protesters were all around me, banging on the side of the car, hitting me with spray paint cans. One guy (Foster) wanted to talk to me. That’s when I got my weapon and pulled the trigger as fast as I could, and then drove away and called 911,” according to the Austin American-Statesman, Perry provided his account to investigators.
In his statement to investigators as reported by the Austin American-Statesman, Perry recounted the events by stating that he lowered his car window with the intention to engage in a conversation with Foster. During their interaction, Foster uttered something softly, and then proceeded to raise his firearm, an AK-47, which was visibly strapped across his chest in an open carry manner.
Without any hesitation or delay, Perry handed himself over to the authorities promptly after the incident occurred.