Protester shot and killed in Austin, Texas
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(WSWS) On Saturday night, a protester was shot and killed in Austin, Texas, as demonstrations erupted across the US in response to ongoing attacks on protesters in Portland by federal paramilitary police deployed by President Donald Trump. Protests against police violence were held in dozens of US cities over the weekend, including New York, Richmond, Omaha, Austin, Baltimore, Louisville, Denver, Seattle, Portland and Oakland.
Garrett Foster, 28, was shot and killed after a confrontation with a motorist who attempted to drive through the crowd during a Saturday night march in downtown Austin. Police have released scant details about a person who was detained in the shooting, questioned by authorities and released without being charged, according to Austin Police Chief Brian Manley.
A vigil was held for Foster in Austin Sunday evening. Foster, who is white, was marching with his quadriplegic fiancée Whitney Mitchell, who is black, when the pair were almost struck by a car.
The high school sweethearts had attended numerous protests in support of Black Lives Matter and against police violence over the past two months. In an interview with “Good Morning America,” Sheila Foster, Garrett’s mother, explained that Garrett was marching “because he feels really strongly about justice and he’s very heavily against police brutality, and he wanted to support his fiancée.”
Full story here. The victim was carrying an AK-47(legally), and no information on who shot him. I suspect the Blue Wall of Silence.
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July 28, 2020 at 4:40 AM #341221Jan BoehmermanModerator
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This is why I condemn all of these “militia” wanna-bees!
July 28, 2020 at 4:49 AM #341225Jan BoehmermanModerator
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Garrett Foster, the #BlackLivesMatter protester who was shot and killed tonight in Austin, TX, was interviewed with his AK47 (which he's been legally open-carrying to protests for a while) by @imhiramlive just yesterday. #2ndAmendment pic.twitter.com/IBckkkdNYG
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If you listen to the tape of the shooting, you will hear 5 x 7.62x39mm rifle shots followed by 3 x unk. pistol type shots.
I’m guessing (don’t know) that Garrett Foster fired those first five shots and then somebody shot him with a pistol.
July 28, 2020 at 6:40 AM #341275GryneosParticipant
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Here are the paragraphs about that:
Social media video and eyewitness accounts confirm that a black car made an aggressive right turn through a crosswalk as protesters were marching down the street, nearly striking several people. As protesters surrounded the vehicle, five shots were heard, followed by screams and another three gunshots.
Tony Plohetski, a senior reporter at Austin’s ABC television affiliate KVUE, confirmed along with Austin police that two people discharged their weapons Saturday evening, neither of whom was Foster. Reporters for KVUE spoke with eyewitness and marcher Haven Trahan, who recalled seeing the vehicle “floor it” and turn right, heading “down the street at us.” At that point, according to Trahan, Foster and other protesters confronted the vehicle.
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July 28, 2020 at 7:49 PM #341381retired liberalParticipant
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Just what the authoritarians want. An excuse to start shooting live rounds into the protest crowds to stop the protests.
The authoritarians had better be careful what they wish for. I once knew a European resistance fighter from WWII, that has since passed on. The stories he had to tell.
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Trump has succeeded in making America great again! Yay!
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