The assailant who died in the recent ramming attack on the US Capitol, in which a police officer died, was a devoted follower of the Nation of Islam movement and its leader, the antisemitic hate preacher Louis Farrakhan.
The suspect, who smashed his car into a barrier at the Capitol complex, was identified as 25-year-old Noah Green from Indiana. Video showed him emerging from the vehicle with a knife and lunging at officers who fired at him. One officer was killed in the assault, another was wounded. Mr Green died in hospital.
Before the assault, Mr Green had posted speeches and articles by Mr Farrakhan and a former Nation of Islam leader on his Facebook page, including a speech by Mr Farrakhan called “The Divine Destruction of America.”
Mr Green also posted on social media about the “end times” and called on his friends to join him in studying Nation of Islam teachings. In another post, he wrote: “These past few years have been tough, and these past few months have been tougher.” After listing his misfortunes, including “unauthorised operations in the hospital” and “mind control”, he wrote: “My faith is one of the only things that has been able to carry me through these times and my faith is centred on the belief of the Honourable Minister Louis Farrakhan.”
The Southern Poverty Law Centre defines the Nation of Islam as a hate group for the “deeply racist, antisemitic and anti-gay rhetoric of its leaders, including…Louis Farrakhan.”
The attack forced the Capitol into lockdown.
US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden offered “heartfelt condolences” to the family of the murdered police officer, while Vice-President Kamala Harris said that the dead officer “made the ultimate sacrifice protecting the Capitol.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called him “a martyr for our democracy” and ordered flags to be lowered to half-mast.
Authorities said that the attack did not appear to be related to terrorism, that it did not appear to be connected to the January riot at the Capitol and that there was no ongoing threat.