Larry Brock, Jr., a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who was sentenced to two years in prison for walking around inside the Capitol building on January 6, has shed 30 pounds since starting a hunger strike, according to a report from the Epoch Times.
“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,” Brock said in an emotional video statement. “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.”
On January 8, the retired Air Force colonel was indicted on six charges, including Obstruction of an Official Proceeding, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. According to court documents, he was turned in to the FBI by his ex-wife, who said she “wasn’t surprised” to see him in photos at the Capitol.
After his arrest on January 10, Brock was fired from his job then granted supervised release a few days later. He was later sentenced to two years in prison on March 18.
In a video statement, the combat veteran explained what he was doing at the Capitol, stating that he showed up to peacefully protest the election results. He said he wore protective gear because he was aware of attacks from Antifa and BLM extremists.
He mentioned the fact that there were undercover D.C. Metropolitan Police officers in the crowd that day, some of which encouraged protesters to enter the Capitol and yelled “go, go, go!”
Brock explained that he was right next to the undercover officers when he entered the Capitol terrace through construction scaffolding. He then walked through an open door and proceeded to walk around in the building. He did briefly try to open a door with a set of keys, for which he expressed regret. “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.
Additionally, Brock said there was a video of him protecting police. He added that he did not steal or break anything, was not part of an organized group or militia, and brought no weapons. Still, none of this mattered, as Brock was sentenced to two years behind bars for walking around in a federal building.
“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,” the retired Air Force colonel said when announcing his hunger strike.
“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.”
Troy Porter, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who was known Brock since their time in the academy, told the Epoch Times that Brock is a “fantastic human being” who has been betrayed by the country he served. “He’s a fantastic human being. A man of unparalleled character and a man of principle, which is very rare,” Porter told the outlet.
He never thought the country that he loves and served for so many years would turn on him, and I feel the same way. I’m totally dumbfounded that the country would turn on him in such a manner when all he simply wants is to preserve liberty,” he went on to say.
Brock is demanding the full release of the nearly 41,000 hours of surveillance footage so that additional MPD and other undercover law enforcement officials, as well as additional agitators, can be identified.