Lt. Colonel Larry Rendall Brock of the Air Force Reserve has been accused of participating in the recent US Capitol riot, and after his claims were debunked, he’s now alleging that there has been a retaliatory reprisal.
Brock handed himself into authorities last week after a photo emerged on social media of him on the floor of the US Senate, wearing a tactical vest, and sporting a helmet and gloves – images that have been widely circulated in the media.
Once in custody, Brock claimed the attack on the Capitol was “not an act of sedition” and that his actions were “misunderstood”.
However, an investigation into his military record determined that Brock was not present at the Capitol on the day of the riot and his claims were unfounded.
Now, a lawyer for Brock has alleged that the Air Force colonel has been subject to a reprisal for his statements, claiming that he has been removed from his post, and his promotion has been held up.
In a statement to the press, the lawyer said that the US Air Force had indeed received complaints regarding Brock’s comments, and that this was swift in producing a “detrimental reaction”.
The statement goes on to allege that there has been a “procedural irregularity” in the handling of the matter, and that the US military has taken “unlawful retaliatory action that can cause him serious and irreparable harm”.
These allegations come amid congressional hearings into the events at the Capitol on 6th January, which are looking into the strategies employed to reign in the rioters. It has already been established that the Capitol police force were severely underprepared for the event.
Lt. Col Brock’s case is a reminder that those who speak out against the establishment, even if their claims are later disproved, may be at risk of reprisal within their own professional spheres.