GoFundMe removes page supporting Army sergeant who shot and killed armed Black Lives Matter protester

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A US Army sergeant faces premeditated murder after shooting a Black Lives Matter protester who approached his car with an AK-47, and his GoFundMe page has been removed from the site by the company.

Perry’s lawyers confirmed to Fox News Digital that the GoFundMe page is for their client, the Army. Sgt. Daniel Berry, has been removed.

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“It’s an expensive trial with the need for expert witnesses and things, and we had GoFundMe taken down and it was weighing it down,” Berry’s attorney, Clint Prudden, told Fox News Digital, adding that Berry’s father had to pay a “significant bond” to get him released and that this The ordeal has inflicted “great losses” on the family.

On the night of July 25, 2020, around 9:50 p.m., authorities say Sgt. Daniel Berry was driving for an Uber when he encountered a protest against Black Lives Matter in downtown Austin, Texas. Perry, an active duty soldier, was stationed at Ft. Hood at that time. The protesters did not have a permit, and were reportedly blocking a busy intersection.

After turning right on Congress Avenue in Austin, Perry’s attorneys said a group of Black Lives Matter protesters approached his car armed with an AK-47 on “standby.” Where protesters began knocking on Perry’s car and throwing bricks.

A protester holds a Black Lives Matter flag shortly before the dawn-to-dusk curfew begins after the murder of Andrew Brown Jr. by sheriffs last week, in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, United States on April 27, 2021.

A protester holds a Black Lives Matter flag shortly before the dawn-to-dusk curfew begins after the murder of Andrew Brown Jr. by sheriffs last week, in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, United States on April 27, 2021.

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Believing that Foster had begun to raise the gun and that his life was in danger, Perry fired the gun he kept in his car’s console console several times, at which point another protester opened fire.

Garrett Foster, the man with the AK-47, was mortally wounded.

Almost a year later, it was Berry Accused On the charges of murder and aggravated assault by Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza, who claimed that more than 150 pieces of evidence and testimony from 22 witnesses during a three-week court hearing led to the decision to press charges.

Berry’s lawyers say the shooting was a clear case of self-defense and have expressed serious concerns about the way Garza’s office handled the case.

“Garrett Foster intentionally or accidentally aimed his gun at Danielle Berry and Danielle Berry fired in self-defense,” Berry’s attorney, Doug O’Connell, told Fox News Digital. He practically did not have the ability to hold back and it was not required of him.”

“You have the right to defend yourself in a crowd and feel as if you are in immediate danger of being shot,” Pruden added. “That’s what it’s all about. I ask people to put themselves in Sergeant Perry’s position, and have this masked guy with an assault rifle ready to start raising it. I think anyone with access to a firearm would react the same way.”

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Austin, Texas, downtown, cityscape, skyline, aerial view

Austin, Texas, downtown, cityscape, skyline, aerial view

Veteran Detective David Fugate of the Austin Police Department, the lead investigator on the case who has been in the Austin Police Force for 27 years, is over That the shooting was a justifiable murder, but the charges were filed anyway, and the veteran investigator suggested that Garza’s office committed witness tampering by preventing the grand jury from seeing exculpatory evidence.

Berry’s lawyers say those who want to support Berry can still do so via GoGetFunding crowdfunding platform.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, a GoFundMe spokesperson said, “I can confirm that this fundraising campaign has been reviewed and found to be in violation of GoFundMe’s Terms of Service, and subsequently removed. GoFundMe prohibits raising funds for the legal defense of violent crime.” .

The platform has previously advertiser Several times he removes pages that support those accused of “violent crimes” but has completely refused to remove pages of others accused of violent crimes in the past.

A trial date for the case has not been set but Perry’s attorneys have a call scheduled with the judge on December 15 to review concerns about the grand jury process.

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