A federal judge released Larry Rendall Brock Jr.— a former Air Force officer who carried zip-ties on the Senate floor during last week’s Capitol insurrection—from custody Thursday, despite the fact the FBI said he was radicalized and spoke of committing violence, as concerns loom about another insurrection attempt during President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Larry Rendall Brock Jr., left, is seen carrying zip-ties on the U.S. Senate floor on Jan. 6, 2021. … [+]
Brock was one of two men photographed carrying zip ties in the Senate—the other being a man who wore body armor and a full face covering, who authorities identified as Eric Munchel of Nashville, Tennessee.
Fort Worth-based Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cureton cited Brock’s “long and distinguished military career” as a reason for allowing his release, despite prosecutors requesting he remain in custody, saying the military experience makes Brock “all the more dangerous.”
Prosecutors instead argued that Brock, once an Air Force lieutenant colonel, needed to stay in custody while he awaits trial.
The FBI also attested to Brock’s potential danger, with agents testifying he had been radicalized by President Donald Trump’s lies about a stolen election and that he spoke of a coming civil war and committing further acts of violence.
The public defender representing Brock said that claims of Brock being dangerous are “all talk.”
Brock told The New Yorker he found the zip-ties on the floor and had planned to give them to a police officer before he “honestly forgot about them” as he continued to carry them.
What To Watch For
Some 20,000 troops are being deployed to Washington ahead of Biden’s inauguration—more troops than the U.S. currently has in Afghanistan and Iraq combined and nearly as many as the U.S. has stationed in Germany. Authorities are urging people to stay away from Washington on Jan. 20, amid further threats. The National Mall will be closed off to the public for the inauguration ceremony.
Judge frees Larry Brock, facing charges in Capitol riot, despite warnings from FBI (The Dallas Morning News)
An Air Force Combat Veteran Breached the Senate (The New Yorker)