A Jan. 6 prisoner who has gone on a hunger strike has already dropped 30 pounds.
In an emotional video, Larry Brock, Jr. begins his story with a heavy sigh.
“I have always believed in the American people, and I still do. So you need to understand that I cannot accept the decision of this court. It is the action of a hostile and illegitimate regime against an American Patriot. So what can I do? I refuse to take up weapons against you. I love you too much. I’ve offered my life for you, and that’s what I’m doing again. I will not eat a single meal as a political prisoner of this corrupt and illegitimate regime.”
Brock, a retired lieutenant colonel with the United States Air Force, was at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
On Jan. 8, 2021, he was indicted on six charges (pdf), including Obstruction of an Official Proceeding, one that carries a 20-year prison sentence. According to court documents (pdf), it was his ex-wife who called the FBI, saying she wasn’t surprised to see him in photos of the protests.
Brock was subsequently fired from his job. He was arrested in Texas on Jan. 10, 2021. Conditions for his release (pdf) were set for Jan. 14, 2021. According to reports, Brock was sentenced to two years in prison on March 18.
Why at the Capitol?
In a video, he explains in his own words his reason for being there at the Capitol, saying, “Our president asked us to be there.” He said the reason why he purchased personal protection equipment to wear was because he knew of instances where members of BLM and ANTIFA “had attacked Trump supporters,” and he wanted to “be personally safe.” By the time he arrived at the Capitol, all of the bike racks and barriers had been removed, and there were “about half a million people there.”
After his trial, he learned that there were undercover Metropolitan Police Department officers there “yelling, ‘go, go, go.’”
He then describes what he was and did after he entered the Capitol Building, admitting he tried to use a set of keys he found on a desk to open a locked door.
“I wish I hadn’t done that,” he said. “When the keys didn’t work,” he put them back on the desk where he found them.
He said there is a video that shows him “acting to protect police.” He didn’t destroy anything or go through any barricades. He isn’t part of any militias. He brought no weapons. He went to D.C. alone and had “no association with anybody” who was there.
“The greatest measure of a man’s intent are his actions,” Brock suggests, “and my actions that day were to protect police, were to peacefully and patriotically protest.”
He then talks about how “we now know there are 41,000 hours” of surveillance footage, “of which we’ve been told only 14 has been released.”
“Mom, Dad, Lowry, Ann, I love you guys. You raised me well. I choose to be a man of character. I choose my method of death. I know that what I am going to do is probably going to hurt you, and I’m sorry. But some things are worth dying for.
Video Tapes of Jan. 6
For Brock, that “thing” is “to get the tapes released to the American people.”
“This is a call to action. I welcome all my fellow J6 Political Prisoners to join me in this hunger strike,” he wrote on his website, “From Patriot to Political Prisoner,” before surrendering himself to authorities. We are singularly focused. We DEMAND the release of all (high-resolution/high-quality) videos related to the events of January 6th, to the American People directly.”
A week into his hunger strike, Brock said he was “down 18 pounds.”
He is now down 30 pounds.