Brandon Straka, the founder of the #WalkAway Campaign, was arrested following the January 6th protests. He did not enter the Capitol on that day, nor did he participate/encourage any violence. Nevertheless, Straka was arrested by an FBI SWAT Team in his home in the early hours of the morning. Having just been released from house arrest, Straka joined Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night to share the shocking story of his horrible treatment while in government custody.
Watch Straka’s YouTube video below to learn about his #WalkAway Campaign:
In an exclusive interview, Straka relayed the moments of his arrest to Carlson in detail, describing the poor treatment and emotional stress he was undeservedly put under.
Straka explained the horrible experience of being woken up by a SWAT team raiding his home:
“Imagine my surprise on Monday, January 25th at the crack of dawn when an FBI SWAT came into my apartment, got me out of bed and presented me with a search warrant to take my property, and put me in handcuffs, and told me that they were taking me to jail and that I was facing multiple felony charges for what I’d done on January 6th.”Advertisement
Then, Straka recalled the events of being processed and prepared to enter the jail system,
“[T]hey took me into a concrete stall, much like a shower stall. I had to take all of my clothes off. I was standing there completely naked while a stranger came, took my clothes away, came back and gave me a pair of brown underwear, a brown shirt, and an orange jumpsuit to put on.
From there, they took me into a room called “medical”, where a nurse guard was standing there as I walked into the room, and he says to me, ‘I need your arm,’ and I said ‘Why?’ And he comes at me with a syringe and he said, ‘All new inmates in the jail system have to take a TB test.'”
Straka describes the “trauma” that was “building up” within him at this moment as he realizes that just one hour ago he was sleeping in his bed at home, and now he is in jail and is completely unable to stand up for himself against anything the guards/those in charge want him to do.
After giving in to the TB test, Straka said he was taken to a room called “intake evaluation” where he was asked many questions, including “Have you ever been in a gang?”, “Are you suicidal?”, and “If a fight breaks out in the jail, are you able to defend yourself?”
Straka then specifies that he was sentenced to “three months of house arrest, three years of probation, 60 hours of community service,… [and] several other things.” He was also informed that the government will be monitoring his phone, email, bank account, social media accounts, and his computers.
“[In] these January 6th cases, misdemeanors are being treated like felonies,” explained Straka, as Tucker expressed his disbelief at the extreme punishments and restrictions that were placed on him.
You won't believe what they did to this man after January 6th— He joined Tucker and spilled EVERYTHING pic.twitter.com/xGzTfID2Hw
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) May 4, 2022