Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Saturday promised to pardon a US Army sergeant a day after he was convicted of shooting and killing a protester during a Black Lives Matter demonstration on July 25, 2020.

The Republican governor said Sgt. Daniel Perry, 35, was acting in self-defence when he fired the gun at 28-year-old Garrett Foster while marching in the Austin demonstration three years ago. Perry claimed he fired at Foster only after the protester pointed an AK-47 into his car.

Texas has one of the strongest Stand Your Ground self-defence laws that cannot be overturned by a jury or a progressive district attorney.

Texas has one of the strongest ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws of self-defence that cannot be nullified by a jury or a progressive District Attorney, Abbott said in a statement.

The governor blamed the ruling on the county’s George Soros-backed Democratic District Attorney José Garza. Abbot supports the theory that Garza intentionally misled the grand jury throughout the trial.

Perry, who was stationed at Fort Hood, about 70 miles north of Austin — was in town where he also worked as a private taxi driver — became angry when protesters began hitting his car.

Perry’s attorneys argued that Foster, who was carrying an AK-47, a club and a knife, raised the submachine gun first, prompting Perry to fire his weapon in self-defence. Witnesses say Foster did not threaten a weapon and that he pushed the wheelchair of his fiancee, a black woman who is a double amputee. Both men are white.

Perry faces life in prison at the sentencing.

The courtroom video contradicts witnesses who say Foster did not threaten with a weapon. – When Garrett Foster pointed an AK-47 at Daniel Perry, Daniel had two tenths of a second to defend himself. He chose to live, Doug O’Connell, an attorney for Perry, told Fox News Digital in a statement last year.

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