The controversial Nation of Islam movement this week broke its silence about the purported member who cops said was behind the Good Friday attack on the Capitol.
Leader Louis Farrakhan said in a statement that the group is mourning its “brother” who was killed as he used his car to ram two Capitol police officers last week.
Farrakhan even went as far as to say that Green, whose actions resulted in one cop being killed, could have been a future “star” for the Nation of Islam. The group has been described as having Black nationalist leanings and Farrakhan himself has been accused of using racist rhetoric in the past.
The Nation of Islam statement confirmed that Green, 25, was studying to become a full member — but blamed “potential mental illness” for him plowing a car into two Capitol cops and then jumping out with a knife.
“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,” Farrakhan said in the statement.
“We need to know what happened to our brother,” he said.
The group said it was investigating what happened to Green and “cannot rest until we find out what caused him to take a turn like this.”
“With heavy hearts we offer sympathy and condolences to his mother, father, family and friends.”
Eighteen-year veteran William Evans died from injuries he sustained following the April 2 attack.
Meanwhile, newly revealed video footage reportedly shows Green calmly buying the knife he used just 90 minutes before launching the attack that killed Capitol cop William Evans, an 18-year veteran.
The footage obtained by TMZ shows Green browsing through displays at a kitchen appliance store in Washington, DC, before picking a large knife.
It was a Kurosaki Shizuku Sujihiki 270mm SG2 knife that sells for about $300, TMZ said, noting that the purchase appeared to show clear planning for the attack that also seriously injured another officer.
The Nation of Islam insisted that Green was in defiance of rules “not to carry any weapons — not so much as a penknife” and that his murders were “against our law.”
“For us, human life is sacred. And the violation of human life is a violation of God, Himself, because He’s the giver of life and He’s the ultimate cause of death,” the statement said.
“We absolutely disavow this act that resulted in the senseless loss of life,” the statement added.