GoFundMe Sides with BLM, Rejects Campaign of Veteran

Online fundraising platform GoFundMe sides with the far-left Black Lives Matter organization and shut down a page intended to raise money for a U.S. Army sergeant and Afghanistan veteran.

Sgt. Daniel Perry is accused of shooting and killing an armed BLM protester in Austin, Texas during the 2020 riots.

Perry maintains that he shot Garrett Foster in self-defense after Foster approached him and aimed his AK-47 at him.

Perry is being prosecuted despite the finding of police investigators that the shooting had been justifiable.

Afghanistan veteran and Uber driver claims self defense

As with other claimed self defense cases, GoFundMe says that it will not allow fundraising for individuals defending themselves against  accusations of committing a violent crime.

That rule is not enforced consistently but it has been rigorously enforced against Daniel Perry, Kyle Rittenhouse, and others who defended themselves against leftist rioters.

Perry’s side of the story is that he was driving for Uber on the night of July 25, 2020 when he found a large crowd of BLM rioters blocking an intersection and was forced to turn onto a street full of angry rioters.

The crowd descended on his vehicle and began to throw bricks at it.

Perry saw a masked man approach his vehicle with a rifle and initially thought he might be law enforcement.

After lowering his window, the army sergeant realized that the individual was not a police officer and was, in fact, aiming an AK-47 at him through the now open window.

Perry, who carried a handgun to protect himself and passengers, raised it and fired at the man, later identified as Garrett Foster, several times. Foster later died.

GoFundMe bans Sgt.’s page

Perry and his attorneys insist that he acted in self-defense, a conclusion which the police apparently agreed with following their investigation.

Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza and GoFundMe do not agree. The district attorney indicted Perry on murder and aggravated assault charges a year after the shooting.

Despite his having not faced charges for  a year before being subjected to what appears to be an at least partially politically motivated prosecution, Perry will not be able to fundraise on GoFundMe due to his perceived guilt.

Sgt. Perry, in addition to facing a lengthy and expensive legal battle, will be forced to find a new way to raise money from people willing to donate to his defense.

GoFundMe is, as we are always reminded, a private company and the sergeant has no legal right to be allowed to raise money on the site if it decides that he is violating their policies.

Still, at a time in which there are massive nationwide campaigns to raise money to keep career criminals out of jail, often allowing them to kill and assault more people, it seems hardly reasonable to not allow someone credibly claiming self defense to raise donations from sympathizers.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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