Tragedy struck in Washington, D.C. on Friday when Capitol Police officer William “Billy” Evans was killed by a man who crashed his car into a security barrier and emerged from the vehicle wielding a knife, and the way one cable news guest characterized the events has raised eyebrows.
During a phone interview on Fox News’ America Reports, retired NYPD detective Pat Brosnan opined that the attacker’s conduct was startlingly reminiscent of those conducted by adherents of ISIS, according to Mediaite.
Speaking with co-hosts John Roberts and Sandra Smith, Brosnan expressed disgust at what occurred outside the Capitol, saying, “We have another officer murdered in cold blood by an animal with a machete,” adding:
What you have here is straight out of the ISIS playbook. Straight out of the Inspire magazine. Smash a vehicle, exit with a knife or machete and stab as many folks as you can to inflict maximum casualties.
Taking quick action to try and temper that assessment, Roberts interjected, “Potentially straight out of the playbook, but so far nothing to indicate any kind of nexus to terrorism, Pat, according to Capitol Police who just briefed us.” With Smith jumping in to add, “And that’s obviously an important distinction to make.”
The identity of the suspect in the fatal attack — who was himself shot and killed by police — has been revealed as that of 25-year-old Noah Green, a former high school football star who went on to play at Christopher Newport University, as USA Today noted.
In an apparent effort to paint a picture of a young man plagued by mental illness, the outlet quoted past friends of the suspect who claim that his psychological condition had grown concerning in recent months, with one describing how Green had accused roommates of drugging him and posted on Facebook about suffering from paranoia and depression as well as suicidal ideation. The Washington Post also published a lengthy piece describing Green’s ongoing descent into mental turmoil.
Equally of note, however, is Green’s self-declared allegiance to the Nation of Islam, which even the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center designates as a hate group that promotes anti-Semitic and other racist views. Green’s Facebook page featured videos of Nation of Islam rallies and identified Green as a “Follower of Farrakhan,” whom he said was akin to his “spiritual father,” according to Fox News.
Attempts by the mainstream media to immediately and uncritically explain Green’s attack as the sad consequence of untreated mental illness rather than a hate crime stand in stark contrast to the instantaneous rush – despite voluminous evidence to the contrary – to declare the recent massage parlor attacks in Atlanta as the work of an anti-Asian white supremacist.
While Brosnan’s ISIS claim may be a bridge too far, and Green could well have been a deeply troubled soul, the divergent media descriptions of the likely motivations behind these two incidents is frustrating, indeed.