Garrett Foster's death remains under investigation, with many activist Austinites having increasing concerns about Police Chief Brian Manley. Whether the (until last night) publicly unidentified driver was legally acting in self-defense or not, Foster's packing an AK-47 itself still doesn't sit well with me, and the fact that he approached the driver, even if he had the gun pointed down, sits less well yet. This is clearly an Idries Shah issue:
Sorry, Austinite activists, but I can't and won't just jump on your side. The third side is gun safety, gun control and gun violence, and there's fourth and fifth and more sides beyond that, certainly. I immediately see Manley and his oversight of APD as the fourth, and ConservaDem (and departing) Travis County DA Margaret Moore as the fifth, per Texas Monthly.
The shooter has now been identified, starting with a statement by his lawyer last Friday. Daniel Perry is an active duty staff sergeant with 1st Cav at Fort Hood. He was driving for Uber or something, or so it is claimed. That said, did he use that as a pretense to literally crash the rally? And, the guilty flee when no man pursueth, says Proverbs, and Perry has scrubbed his Twitter, and presumably other social media as well. (But, at places like this, you can find plenty of his background.)
On the third hand of the first two sides? (Idries, again!) Perry's lawyer claims he has witnesses who say Foster had his gun raised. If true, even if Perry drove past barricades and into a crowd, Perry can then make a self-defense argument. (Whether it will fly or not, and also whether his case carries over until José Garza replaces Moore in January, all remain to be seen.)