The trial for the murder of a protester during the 2020 Black Lives Matter riots in the United States began on Monday in Austin, Texas. Army Sergeant Daniel Perry, who was stationed at Fort Hood during the riots and protests, is facing charges for shooting and killing 28-year-old Garrett Foster, who was armed with an AK-47. Video footage from the night of the incident shows Perry's car being stopped by protesters in the street. According to police, Perry was driving for Uber in downtown Austin to make extra money and came across a large group of protesters illegally blocking city streets. Perry's defense team alleges that the protesters encircled his car and began pounding on his vehicle. It was during this confrontation that Foster, among the protesters, raised his AK-47 at Perry, prompting the sergeant to open fire with a legally carried handgun. [tweet_embed]March 29, 2023[/tweet_embed] Perry drove away to a safe location to call and alert the police on what happened. Perry was interviewed by officers and was released that night. A year later, a grand jury brought an indictment for murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. However, there are allegations that the district attorney's office, led by Jose Garza and funded by George Soros, forced the removal of exculpatory evidence from the grand jury presentation. Detective David Fugitt, a well-respected lead investigator known as the "godfather of the homicide unit," claimed in a sworn affidavit that the prosecutors did not want to present evidence that would be exculpatory to Perry. This included witness statements obtained by Foster's family and their attorneys that were inconsistent with prior interviews given to the police and the video of the incident. The controversy surrounding the case has raised questions about the handling of criminal cases related to the 2020 riots. Garza's office has dropped hundreds of felony cases but also sought indictments against almost two-dozen Austin Police Department officers who responded to the riots, including one incident where rioters attempted to seize the downtown police headquarters. The trial will likely shed more light on the events of that night and the circumstances surrounding Foster's death. Perry's defense team maintains that he acted in self-defense and had no other choice but to fire his weapon. Perry’s attorney Doug O’Connell spoke with Fox News Saying, "It may be legal in Texas to carry an assault rifle in down town Austin. It doesn’t make it a good idea. If you point a firearm at someone, you’re responsible for everything that happens next." As the trial continues, the nation will be closely watching to see how justice will be served in this high-profile case.