The Capitol police have been at the center of the national conversation since the Jan. 6th incident. Since there has been very little activity lately, the President ordered the razor-wire fences erected to be taken down.
The fences had enclosed the entire Capitol complex and prevented traffic on the nearby streets. However, taking everything down may have been premature.
Around 1:00 p.m. on April 2nd, a man attempted to gain access to the Capitol's northern entrance with his vehicle. The man drove his blue Nissan Altima into the entrance ramming the car into Capitol police officers.
The suspect struck Officer Billy Evans with his vehicle, then proceeded to exit the car with a knife in his hands, attacking a second officer. According to Chief Yogananda D. Pittman, Evans, who had 18-years with the department, was heavily injured in the incident and died of his injuries.
The second officer is currently in the hospital, recovering from his injuries. The suspect has since been identified as 25-year-old Noah Green.
Green was a self-described "Follower of Farrakhan" and a member of the Nation of Islam. Green was not on the radar of any federal agencies, though he was known to local agencies in Indiana.
On his now-removed Facebook page, he stated that the government is the "#1 enemy of Black people." The post was made only two hours before he rammed his vehicle into officers.
Authorities are not entirely sure what his motive was for the attack and actively look into the incident, though they said they do not think it is "terrorism-related." The Capitol was placed on lockdown from 1:00p.m. until around 2:30p.m. when the incident was resolved.
Green was shot and killed by Capitol police officers.
Flags At Half-Mast
President Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the flags and the White House and the Capitol complex to be flown at half-mast. Pelosi described Evans as "a martyr for our democracy."
From Camp David, Biden said, " We send our heartfelt condolences to Officer Evans’s family and everyone grieving his loss. We know what a difficult time this has been for the Capitol, everyone who works there, and those who protect it.”
The Capitol officers have endured a lot of stress and criticism over the last couple months. Now they are suffering a loss of one of their own.