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The GoFundMe fundraising platform took down a page set up for a U.S. Army sergeant who has been charged with murder for shooting and killing an armed Black Lives Matter protester who approached his vehicle carrying an AK-47-style rifle.
Fox News Digital reported Friday the outlet had confirmed with Sgt. Daniel Perry’s attorneys that GoFundMe did, in fact, remove their client’s page.
“It’s an expensive trial to undertake with the need for expert witnesses and stuff and we had a GoFundMe site that’s been taken down and it’s been weighing on him,” attorney Clint Broden told Fox News Digital
He added that the soldier’s father paid a “significant bond” to get his son released and that the entire ordeal has extracted a “significant toll” on the entire family.
Perry was driving for Uber on the night of July 25, 2020, when he encountered scores of Black Lives Matter protesters in downtown Austin, Texas. An active-duty soldier and Afghanistan veteran, Perry was stationed at nearby Fort Hood. The demonstrators did not have a permit and many were blocking a busy intersection.
After Perry turned right onto Congress Avenue in Austin, Perry’s attorneys say his vehicle was set upon by a group of BLM protesters. One man wearing a mask who was later identified as Garrett Foster approached Perry’s vehicle with an AK-47 in the “ready position” — suggesting he could have been preparing to fire at Perry — as other protesters banged on the soldier’s vehicle and threw bricks.
Perry later said he believed that Foster was beginning to raise his rifle at him and that his life was in danger, so he fired a handgun at Perry several times, which prompted another protester to fire on him. Foster was fatally wounded in the exchange.
“When Sgt. Perry turned onto Congress Avenue, several people started beating on his vehicle. An individual carrying an assault rifle, now known to be Garrett Foster, quickly approached the car and then motioned with the assault rifle for Mr. Perry to lower his window. Sgt. Perry initially believed the person was associated with law enforcement and complied with the command,” his lawyers noted at the time.
Foster appeared to raise his rifle after Perry rolled down his window.
“It was only then that Sgt. Perry, who carried a handgun in his car for his own protection while driving strangers in the rideshare program, fired on the person to protect his own life,” his attorneys wrote.
About a year later, Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza indicted Perry on murder and aggravated assault charges, claiming to have more than 150 pieces of evidence and testimony from a three-week court hearing process that led him to decide to charge the Army soldier.
But Perry’s attorneys say their client was clearly acting in self-defense. Also, they have criticized the manner in which Garza has handled the case.
“Garrett Foster either intentionally or accidentally pointed his rifle at Daniel Perry’s head and Daniel Perry fired in self-defense,” attorney Doug O’Connell told Fox News Digital. “And as a practical matter, he had no ability to retreat nor was he required to.”
“You have the right to defend yourself in a crowd and you feel like you’re in imminent danger of being shot,” Broden added. “That’s what it’s all about. I ask people to put themselves in Sgt. Perry’s position and you have this masked man with an assault rifle ready starting to raise it. I think anybody that had access to a firearm would react the same way.”
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