FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – A retired Air Force officer who was part of a crowd that raided the U.S. agency last week held a plastic zip-tie handcuff because he was meant to “take hostage”, prosecutors said in court. Texas on Thursday.
“He was referring to taking hostage. He was referring to kidnapping, deterring, or perhaps trying to execute members of the US government, ”Assistant US Attorney Jay Weimer said of Col. Lt. Lt. Larry Rendall Brock, Jr., retired
Prosecutors argued that Brock should be detained, but Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton said he would release Brock into detention at home.Cureton ordered Brock to surrender any firearms and said he had limited internet access on the terms of that release.
“I have to put you on a very short rope,”; Cureton said. “This is a strange time for our country and the concerns raised by the government are not on the deaf.”
Brock appeared in court in a light green jumpsuit, mask and hoops on his hands and feet.
Weimer did not elaborate on Brock’s specific plans, but noted that “his experience and prior training made him more dangerous.”
He also reads the court’s social media posts from Brock, including the one on the day of the Capitol Riot that said: “Patriots in government agencies. Patriot invasion Men with guns have to shoot in. “
Broke was arrested on Sunday in Texas. After being photographed on the Senate floor during the deadly riots wearing heavy helmets and vests and holding zippered plastic handcuffs, the 53-year-old has been charged with entering or being in a restricted building or area. Deliberately and without violent and disorganized legal and immigration powers in government agencies
Brooks Antonio II, a lawyer for Brock, said Brock was only charged with a misdemeanor. Antonio said there was no direct evidence that Brock broke a door or window to enter the Capitol or did anything violent when he was inside.
“It’s all talk. It’s all guesswork and guesswork, ”said Antonio, who noted Broke’s long service, including his re-activation after Sept. 11 and his four tours in Afghanistan.
Weimer said Brock was likely to face additional charges.
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Before his arrest, Brock told The New Yorker. The magazine said he found the zip-tie cuffs on the floor and that he planned to hand it over to the police.
“I wish I didn’t pick it up,” he said.
There is no evidence that Brock had a firearm on the day of the Capitol Riot.
Antonio asked an FBI agent who testified whether it was possible that Broke had just picked up the cuff and the agent admitted it was possible.
Weimer read a letter of dismissal from a former Brock employer that said he had talked at work about killing people with “specific religion and or race”. Weimer also read social media posts referring to Brock’s civil war. It’s coming and the election stolen from President Donald Trump.
Weimer said Brock’s post also references the far-right and anti-government oath keepers and the Three Percenters, a loose anti-government network that is part of the volunteer movement. The oath keeper claims to count current and former law enforcement officers and thousands of veterans as members.
Although FBI officials testified there was no evidence other than social media posts Brock was associated with a particular group.
Judges across the country, including some nominated by Trump, have repeatedly dismissed lawsuits that have challenged election results, and attorney general William Barre said there were no signs of widespread fraud.
Associated Press writer Jamie Stengle contributed to this report from Dallas.