Austin (WBAP/KLIF) – Austin Police say 40 people were arrested over two nights of weekend demonstrations. Most of the arrests were made near a makeshift memorial for Garrett Foster who was fatally shot during an anti-police brutality protest July 25.
Daniel Perry told police that he shot foster from inside his car in self-defense. Perry has not been charged. Perry was driving on an Austin street when he says that he mistakenly encountered protesters. He says that he fired his weapon at the 28-year old Foster, who also served in the military, after Foster allegedly aimed an AK-47 into his vehicle.
Witnesses have given a different account of the incident, saying that Perry drove aggressively and erratically into the crowd before coming to a stop, waving a gun before coming to a stop. He was then surrounded by protesters.
Perry called police from the scene saying he shot someone “in self-defense.”
Meantime, social media posts have revealed that Perry vowed to take action against protesters.
The Texas Tribute writes:
In June, when President Trump tweeted that “protesters, anarchists, agitators, looters or lowlifes” protesting in Oklahoma would face “a much different scene” than protesters in New York or Minneapolis, Perry responded from a now-deleted account with the username “@knivesfromtrigu.” The tweet read, “Send them to Texas we will show them why we say don’t mess with Texas.” That account was identified as being connected to Perry by Tribune of the People, which bills itself as a “revolutionary news service.”
Perry’s lawyer, Dallas Attorney Clint Broden says the tweet has been taken out of context. Broden contends that his client was “basically agreeing with Trump, according to The Statesman.
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