President Joe Biden, in his Thursday speech condemning the events of Jan. 6, 2021, invoked, without any proper context, the name of a police officer murdered long after the Capitol riot by a self-described follower of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Biden lumped in Capitol Police Officer William "Billy" Evans, who was killed in a car-ramming attack by Noah Green on April 2, nearly two months after the riot, with police officers who were injured in the riots and in some cases died of a stroke or by suicide in subsequent days. This allowed Biden to pay homage to the Capitol Police but could have misled viewers unaware of how Evans actually died.
"One year since January 6, 2021, the lies that drove the anger and madness we saw in this place, they have not abated," Biden said. "So we have to be firm, resolute, and unyielding in our defense of the right to vote and to have that vote counted. Some have already made the ultimate sacrifice in this sacred effort. Jill and I have mourned police officers in this Capitol rotunda not once but twice in the wake of January 6. Once to honor Officer Brian Sicknick, who lost his life the day after the attack. The second time to honor Officer Billy Evans, who lost his life defending the Capitol as well."
On April 2, 2020, Green drove his car through the north gate on Constitution Avenue, where he purposely hit two Capitol Police officers, killing Evans, an 18-year veteran of the force. He rammed the police car blocking the barricade, jumped out with a knife, and charged another officer, who shot and killed Green.
Green's Facebook posts showed he referred to himself as "Brother Noah X" as he explained his religious views and personal struggles leading up to his attack. Green also shared a photo of a $1,085 donation he made under the name "Noah X" to the Nation of Islam's Norfolk chapter on "Saviours' Day" in March.
The Nation of Islam espouses a belief in the superiority of black people over white people, including the view that white people were created by an evil scientist 6,000 years ago. Elijah Muhammad, who led the Nation of Islam for decades before Farrakhan and considered himself a messenger of Allah, called white people "devils."
The Nation of Islam attempted to distance itself from Green, though Farrakhan added, "I am sure had he been blessed to come through the crisis that he was going through, he would have been a star in the mission of the resurrection of our people."
Sicknick, the other officer Biden mentioned, died on Jan. 7, one day after rioters broke into the Capitol as lawmakers counted electoral votes to affirm Biden's victory over former President Donald Trump.
Prominent Democrats, including Biden, for months falsely claimed Sicknick died as a result of the violence at the Capitol. Biden claimed in June that "criminals" at the Capitol "kill[ed] a police officer." This was despite the medical examiner's office in Washington concluding in April that Sicknick died from a stroke — and that the "manner of death" was "natural."
A Democratic pretrial impeachment memo falsely claimed that "the insurrectionists killed a Capitol Police officer by striking him in the head with a fire extinguisher." White House press secretary Jen Psaki falsely claimed in May that there were "a number of officers" who died the day of the Capitol riot. In the days following the Capitol riot, Metropolitan Police Officer Jeffrey Smith and Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood both died by suicide.
During a speech on Wednesday, Attorney General Merrick Garland held a moment of silence for Sicknick, Smith, and Liebengood, as well as Capitol Police Officer Gunther Hashida and Capitol Police Officer Kyle DeFreytag, who died by suicide in July.
The medical examiner also said that two protesters had fatal heart attacks during the riot and that another died of a suspected drug overdose.
The only person determined to have been killed during the riot was Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran and Trump supporter who was shot by a Capitol Police officer as she attempted to climb through a broken window into the Speaker's Lobby. The officer was not charged with a crime.
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