It’s been an incredibly rough period for many Capitol Police officers. In January, one officer died during the violent protest that spilled into the Capital building. Now a potential violent extremist has killed another officer on duty, leaving many officers looking for answers.
Capitol Police Undermanned Following Fatalities
“We are struggling to meet existing mission requirements even with the officers working massive amounts of forced overtime,” said Capitol Police Union Chairman Gus Papathanasiou in a statement, reported CNN. “I’ve had many younger officers confide in me that they’re actively looking at other agencies and departments right now.”
The report states Capital Police remains understaffed by an incredible 233 officers. Following a spring and summer last year with violent protest, a Defund Police movement sent many officers away from policing. Now multiple fatalities impact policing further in our nation’s capitol. And some experts believe threats will only continue.
“We’ve got to accept the fact that 24/7 the Capitol is at threat to domestic, foreign and criminals who might want to attack the center of our leadership of the United States,” retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré told CNN. “The Capitol is a target. We need to adjust to that.”
Meanwhile, mainstream media continues its selective attacks in its reporting. The Capital Insurrection, purportedly advanced by right-wing zealots, continues to see coverage of every charge and prosecution. But after NBC falsely reported the attacker as a “while male,” most outlets seemingly lost interest in the story.
But authorities later identified the suspect as a Black man, Noah Green. The 25-year-old Green ran over Officer William “Billy” Evans, killing him. Green then allegedly jumped out of the vehicle brandishing a large knife, before officers opened fire, killing the suspect.
Little seems to be known so far about Green’s motives. Though media outlets describe him as a “Follower of Farrakhan,” we don’t yet know why he slammed his car into officers.
But we do know the coverage from the mainstream media isn’t the same. And that alone smells like a rat.