Austin, TX – Garrett Foster, a protester for Black Lives Matter was shot and killed by an assailant. Well, that person has come forward to clear his name.
Daniel Perry was driving through the protests when he shot into the crowd. Police Chief Brian Manley, upon detaining and questioning the suspect has this to say:
“Gunshots were fired from inside the vehicle at Mr. Foster,” Manley said. “During the initial investigation of this incident, it appears Mr. Foster may have pointed his rifle at the driver of this vehicle prior to being shot.”
While many are showing support for their second amendment rights, many find that they are a threat instead. This seems to be the case from Perry.
Chief Manley states that 5 shots came from the inside of the vehicle and multiple bullets hit Foster. Garrett Foster was holding a semi-automatic rifle when standing in front of the mayor’s house on the 25th.
Garrett Foster Killed In Self Defense?
Reports are differing from both sides of the issue. With the one side stating that the driver incited violence and shot first while Perry states that people surrounded his car and threatened to use force.
“When Sgt. Perry turned on 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 spoke with the assault rifle for Mr. Perry to lower his window,” which the attorney says Perry did, thinking the gunman was a police officer.
Other statements are siding with Perry as his military background gives him a pass.
“We simply ask that anybody who might want to criticize Sgt. Perry’s actions, picture themselves trapped in a car as a masked stranger raises an assault rifle in their direction and reflect upon what they might have done if faced with the split second decision faced by Sgt. Perry that evening.”
While witnesses were on the scene, many state that Perry was the first to interact and incite the shooting. James Sasinowski was a protester that night and witnessed the event.
“I want to be very clear that the driver incited the violence — he accelerated into the crowd of people and he shot first. This was intentional. It was aggressive and he accelerated into a crowd of protesters,” Sasinowski said. “He could have waited for us to pass or he could have gone slowly. We would have allowed him to go through.”
While holding a rifle seems to be a standard protest for American citizens, it apparently depends on what side of the fence you use your rifle for. While countless people continue to show up at city centers with rifles for not wearing a mask, others show support against oppressive police force.