‘Capitol Punishment,’ a New Doc on the Jan 6 Riot, Presents a Different Narrative

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Nick Searcy, an actor who stars in the TV series “Justified,” attended the January 6 2021 protests in Washington. He went to the Capitol with his camera in hand but had no idea the political shaking that would follow.

Searcy has since produced a documentary that is called, “Capitol Punishment.” It portrays a narrative that is contrary to the media’s “insurrection” storyline that has become the darling of the mainstream press over the last year.

In the documentary, Searcy allows many of the people on site protesting to speak. Most were typical Americans who did not step foot into the Capitol building, but they are now forced to pay a massive price for their suggestion that the election was stolen.

The film, directed by Chris Burgard, begins with a quote from Harry S. Truman that focuses on the government silencing the opposition. Truman maintained that when leaders seize control of the narrative, it creates a country where everyone lives in fear.

The media continues to flood the news with highly charged but not so true stories, including the story that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was afraid she would be sexually assaulted by Trump supporters when she wasn’t even in the Capitol during the chaos.

Searcy became the narrator of the documentary. He comically refers to himself as a “domestic terrorist” while being exposed to a mock interrogation by famous Democrats. He believes the election was stolen and “Capitol Punishment” makes several generic arguments along those lines.

Searcy uses a man-on-the-street approach that shapes a different story that he says the media ignored. He describes more of a tailgate party than a riot, and he has humor and video that you have not seen in other media sources.

It is clear that the vast majority of people peacefully protested, there was singing in unison and praying for a better future.

It was a select group that day that burst into the Capitol without a real plan bringing chaos to everyone else. These are some scenes in the documentary of protesters walking through the Capitol and taking pictures. Many of them came into the Capitol through doors that were opened by the police. They just wandered past barricades that were lifted by the police who were unaware of what was taking place in other parts of the massive building.

The documentary gives its audience a better sense of the massive scope of the protest and it puts the actions of the more well-meaning protestors in a new context.

The purpose of “Capitol Punishment” is clear. The United States government is using the riot on January 6 as a way to raise even more dissent. The film lets us meet several of the protestors whose homes were raided by dozens of heavily armed FBI agents. In one home, armored vehicles with agents who look like soldiers entering combat make an arrest. One man remembers seeing red dots all over his chest as agents rammed through his front door. And we meet two families, one white and the other Latino, who tell us why they went to D.C. that day. Neither of them entered the Capitol, but they both sought medical equipment to help others in need.

One 13-year-old spoke about the sounds they heard like war. 74-year-old twin sisters spoke about now being on a domestic terrorist list, and they were threatened with a year in jail for trespassing.

Tucker Carlson, on his “Patriot Purge” docuseries, suggested FBI agents fumed the protest’s violent turn. That seemed highly charged, but it got new life this week when Sen. Ted Cruz asked FBI Executive Assistant Director, Jill Sanborn, if FBI agents “actively participated” in the Jan. 6 riot. She refused to answer.