A crowd-control munition hit Black in the cheek.
Two days after participating in the Jan. 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, rioter Joshua Matthew Black logged onto YouTube under the persona “LetUs Talk” and told his viewers that the “spirit of God” compelled him to enter the Senate.
“We just wanted to get inside the building,” Black commented in the video. “I just wanted to get inside the building so I could plead the blood of Jesus over it. That was my goal.”
In the video, he says, “Once we found out Pence turned on us and that they had stolen the election, like officially, the crowd went crazy. I mean, it became a mob. We crossed the gate. We just wanted to get inside the building. I wanted to get inside the building so I could plead the blood of Jesus over it. That was my goal.” – The Cullman Times
Black also confessed that he brought a knife with him that day. “I wasn’t planning on pulling it,” he claimed. “I just carry a knife because I do. I work outside, and you need knives, you know,” adding that he understood it was illegal to carry the weapon inside Washington, D.C.
The 46 year-old Alabama man was sentenced to 22 months by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson. (Obama)
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Black, an evangelical Christian, is believed to be motivated by his religious beliefs. As stated by Defence attorney Clark Fleckinger, Black believed God directed him to go to Washington so he could seek atonement for the transgressions of a corrupt Democratic and Republican Party.
A police officer had shot Black in his left cheek with a crowd-control munition. However, that did not stop him from entering and occupying the Senate Chamber and rummaging through the office of Ted Cruz, the Texas senator.
After being shot in the face, Black was given medical attention by law enforcement. However, in his statements during the court proceedings, he maintained that they were trying to pull him ‘behind enemy lines’ while he constantly told them that “I’m with them. I’m here to defend the constitution. I’m a patriot.”