Facebook Deletes Account of Capitol Attacker Who Pledged Nation of Islam Allegiance
Man who killed police officer promoted himself online as a 'follower of Farrakhan'
Facebook has deleted the account of the suspect in Friday's attack at the U.S. Capitol, who used social media to promote himself as a "Follower of Farrakhan" and pledge his allegiance to the radical anti-white group Nation of Islam (NOI).
25-year-old Noah Green from Indiana was identified as the suspect who was killed during the attack that left one Capitol Police officer dead and another injured.
On Facebook, Green described himself as a “Follower of Farrakhan” in reference to NOI's racist leader Louis Farrakhan.
Green was also a vocal member of the Nation of Islam and frequently promoted its ideals online.
Authorities are still investigating the attack and have yet to announce a motive.
Facebook removed Green's account immediately after he was identified.
Green was identified by numerous news outlets as the man who law enforcement officials say rammed his car into at least two members of the Capitol Police, smashed the vehicle into a barricade on Constitution Avenue, jumped out wielding a knife, and was shot and killed by police.
All three were taken to a hospital.
The Capitol Police said Officer William "Billy" Evans succumbed to his injuries at around 1:30 p.m., less than half an hour after the attack.
The suspect was taken into custody and later was declared dead.
The other officer who was struck by the car is in stable and non-threatening condition, Capitol Police said.
Green’s posts on Facebook, which were quickly removed by the social media company, made it clear he was going through personal struggles, indulged in conspiratorial thinking, was a follower of the Nation of Islam.
The NOI group is a radical breakaway religion drawing some beliefs from Sunni Islam but also based in part in the belief of black superiority over white people, and was a fan of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who is well known for racist and anti-Semitic views.
"After this horrific event, our thoughts are with the Capitol Police and their loved ones,” Facebook told the Washington Examiner on Friday.
"We have designated the incident under our Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy, which means we have removed the suspect’s accounts from Facebook and Instagram, and are removing any content that praises, supports, or represents the attack or the suspect.
"We are in contact with law enforcement as they conduct their investigation.”
I only had seconds to look at Noah Green's Facebook page before it was deleted. He was living in Norfolk, Va.— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) April 2, 2021
From what I saw, many of his posts were of a religious (Islamic) nature. He appeared to be a deeply devout follower of the Nation of Islam & went by the name, "Noah X."
Facebook often takes down the accounts of high-profile suspects in killings.
Green’s Facebook posts showed he referred to himself as “Brother Noah X” as he explained his religious views and personal problems in recent weeks.
"To be honest these past few years have been tough, and these past few months have been tougher,” Green wrote on March 17.
"I have been tried with some of the biggest, unimaginable tests in my life.
"I am currently now unemployed after I left my job partly due to afflictions, but ultimately, in search of a spiritual journey.
“I haven't had much to lean on the past few months, I’ve been faced with fear, hunger, loss of wealth, and diminution of fruit.
"My faith is one of the only things that has been able to carry me through these times and my faith is centered on the belief of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan as Jesus, the Messiah, the final divine reminder in our midst.”
Green claimed, “I was on the right track and everything I had planned was coming into existence” and that “it required long hours, lots of studying, and exercise to keep me balanced while experiencing an array of concerning symptoms along the path (I believe to be side effects of drugs I was intaking unknowingly).”
He said, “However, the path has been thwarted, as Allah (God) has chosen me for other things.”
The suspect seemed to consider Farrakhan to be Jesus, writing, “So, if you question this man as the Jesus, I recommend taking a look at his life’s work and the blessings Allah has filled him with.
"The raiser of the dead to life, making the blind see, and the deaf hear (I bear witness). Preaching to the multitudes, calling a million black men to Washington, and standing up to the most powerful government of modern times.”
Green attended Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, where he graduated with a degree in finance in 2019.
He played on the school’s football team, and Green’s player profile from 2018 said he was born in Fairlea, West Virginia, and that he has seven sisters and two brothers.
The website said the “person in history he'd most like to meet” was Malcolm X, one of the more famous advocates for the Nation of Islam who eventually left the religious group in 1964 before being assassinated in 1965.
Noah Ricardo Green appears to have had a good life. He graduated from Christopher Newport University last year. He played football there.— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) April 2, 2021
In one of his last IG posts before his deadly attack, he wrote: "The US Government is the #1 enemy of Black people!" https://t.co/w5vlhL9m4B pic.twitter.com/twv4yupc2u
The Nation of Islam includes a belief in the superiority of black people over white people, including the view that white people were created by an evil scientist named Yakub 6,000 years ago, and Elijah Muhammad, who led the Nation of Islam for three decades before Farrakhan and considered himself a messenger of Allah, called white people devils.
Farrakhan has also promoted Dianetics and forged a relationship with the Church of Scientology.
He famously helped organize the 1995 Million Man March on Washington, D.C.
Acting Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee said during a brief Friday press conference that its homicide division will investigate the attack.
Contee declared the incident does not appear to be related to terrorism at this time, though he did not explain how he had reached such a conclusion so quickly, and said the suspect was not previously known to MPD and the Capitol Police.
“It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the passing of Officer William 'Billy' Evans this afternoon from injuries he sustained following an attack at the North Barricade by a lone assailant,” acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said in a Friday evening statement.
"Officer Evans had been a member of the United States Capitol Police for 18 years.
“He began his USCP service on March 7, 2003, and was a member of the Capitol Division’s First Responder’s Unit.
"Please keep Officer Evans and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Capitol Police said the other injured officer was in stable and non-threatening condition.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at the U.S. Capitol to honor Evans, and Joe Biden ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels throughout the U.S. and its territories until sunset on Tuesday.
"Jill and I were heartbroken to learn of the violent attack at a security checkpoint on the U.S. Capitol grounds, which killed Officer William Evans of the U.S. Capitol Police, and left a fellow officer fighting for his life," Biden said in a statement.
"We send our heartfelt condolences to Officer Evans’ 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 entire Department of Justice mourns with the U.S. Capitol Police and the family of Officer William Evans," Attorney General Merrick Garland said.
"Our thoughts are also with the other brave officer injured in the attack.
"As the members of the U.S. Capitol Police have demonstrated this year, they will give their all to defend the seat of our democracy.
"The Washington Field Office of the FBI is assisting the Metropolitan Police Department with their investigation of this tragic attack.”
FBI Director Christopher Wray said: “I am deeply saddened by today’s tragic events at the U.S. Capitol.
"On behalf of the FBI, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the brave officers who were attacked today while doing their jobs, protecting the Capitol and those who work there."