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Abbott grants Daniel Perry pardon in murder of Black Lives Matter protester

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott pardoned Daniel Perry, the former Army sergeant convicted in the fatal shooting of a protester during a Black Lives Matter march, on Thursday after a review board recommended he be released from prison.

"Texas has one of the strongest 'Stand Your Ground' laws of self-defense that cannot be nullified by a jury or a progressive District Attorney," he said in a statement. "I thank the Board for its thorough investigation, and I approve their pardon recommendation."

Abbott has long vowed to pardon Perry, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison last year. After Perry's conviction, unsealed court records revealed that he regularly shared racist memes and threatening content in private messages and social media posts, including descriptions of killing protesters and minorities.


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