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thank you. live pictures there, washington, d.c. we're going to continue the coverage with my colleague jake tapper. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me the last two hours. special coverage continues on "the lead" with jake tapper which starts now. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper be and we start with breaking news in our national lead. for the second time in just three months the flags at the u.s. capitol are being lowered to half staff because of an attack on the capitol, one that resulted in the loss of a police officer's life. one capitol police officer is dead. another is injured after police say a man rammed his car into them this afternoon before crashing into a barricade just outside the u.s. capitol. police say the man then got out of his car with a knife and ran at officers who shot and killed
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him. the washington, d.c. police chief robert conte says this does not appear to be terrorism-related, and the head of capitol police says the suspect was not known to them prior to this incident. >> at approximately 1:02 hours this afternoon, a suspect entered what we refer to as the north barricade of the capitol. the suspect rammed his car into two of our officers and then hit the north barricade barrier. at such time the suspect exited the vehicle with a knife in hand. our officers then engaged that suspect. he did not respond to verbal commands. the suspect did start lunging toward u.s. capitol police officers at which time u.s. capitol police officers fired
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upon the suspect. the at this time the suspect has been pronounced deceased. two u.s. capitol police officers were transported to two different hospitals, and it is with a very, very heavy heart that i announce one of our officers has you is comes to his injuries. i just ask that the public continue to keep u.s. capitol police and their families in -- in your prayers. this has been an extremely difficult time for u.s. capitol police after the events of january 6th and now the events that have occurred here today. i ask that you keep our u.s. capitol police family in your thoughts and prayers. >> i would remind you that one officer was killed and two others committed suicide after
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the january 6th event. the area where this happened would have been fenced off just a few weeks ago in the aftermath of the january 6th insurrection. police officials have not released any names yet, we should note. the suspect's name, the injured officer's name or the officer who was killed. regarding the heart, police said they still had yet to notify his or her next of kin. cnn's whitney wild is near the scene where the car remains smashed against the barrier. whitney, what's the latest that you're hearing and that you're learning? >> well, what we've learned now is basically what we had heard from police a little bit ago which is, again, that one of those officers lost his life in this just another horrific attack here at the capitol, and i think you pointed out something that's really important. three officers from this department have died since january 6th. that is -- that number is something that some departments don't see in a year, in a decade, and so this department remains embattled. this is going to be just one
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more in a series of traumatic incidents that this department has had to go through and is learning how to heal. if you just look over my shoulder behind me, just behind the special operations vehicle is the actual suspect vehicle. we didn't get a good look at the make and mold, but what i can tell you, jake, it looked like it was a sedan. it looked like from my vantage point a four-day navy blue sedan. we don't know where this vehicle came in from, who the driver was. we don't know the motivation. metropolitan police chief conte does not believe -- as you had mentioned he doesn't believe this is a terrorist threat and doesn't believe there's an ongoing threat to the community at this point and importantly he doesn't believe that this person was known to law enforcement prior to this incident. i think that's important because a lot of the conversation up on capitol hill has been about the intelligence flow, how to change the intelligence flow to get a better handle on threats. this case, again, chief conte saying that it does not appear at this point that this person was known to law enforcement, but a fluid situation.
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it only happened hours ago so we'll certainly learn more as the situation unfolds and we learn when was actually behind the wheel. jake? >> thank you so much. cnn's pete munteen is outside the university hospital where one. officers was taking following the incident. pete, tell us more. >> jake, what a sad moment here. just a few moments ago when it appeared that had a procession for that fallen officer left g.w. hospital here and went southbound on 23rd street. if you're familiar with washington, we're not too far away from dupont circle. police car after police car, police on motorcycles, secret service, capitol police, metropolitan washington police, all a part of that procession as it left here. a really sad moment. almost not a dry eye here. there were hospital employees lined up on the paddock here just outside of the emergency room, and it did appear that this spot also maybe became a bit of this part of crime investigation. there was a capitol police car
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in the front bay here in front of the emergency room where mpd detectives were taking photos. they were inspecting it. they were trying to make sure there was something clearly going on there. we're not able to say for certain exactly what just yet, but there was a procession here not all that long ago, and we are told that that slain officer was brought to george washington university hospital where i am right now. >> really, really tough time for the metropolitan and capital police departments. thanks so much. cnn's evan perez has been talking to his sources. evan, what are you learning? obviously the investigation is just in the preliminary phase as of right now. >> reporter: it really is, jake, and one of the things that is notable that we're told is that this suspect managed to -- despite all the security there and despite all the precautions managed to be able to stab up of these officers, managed to get close enough to be able to stab one of these officers and -- and it appears that one of these
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officers was so badly injured that they were taken by -- by police cruiser to the hospital. that gives you a sense that they couldn't even -- they didn't even wait for the ambulance to be able to get there. the other two people who were injured, one of the police officer, the or the suspect were taken by ems to the hospital, but in the case of the officer they managed -- they put him in a krirds and took him to the hospital. that appears to be the cruiser that pete was talking about. at this point, jake, as the chief of police, acting chief of the metropolitan police said, they don't believe that there's anything that indicates a terrorist nexus, but it is still something, i'm told by law enforcement, that they are still hooking into. they are at this point getting search warrants. they will look through the person's home to try to see whether there's anything there that indicates a motivation. it's still something -- still
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very early, as you said, in this investigation and, again, one of the things that they want to make sure is they want to understand mental health issues, whether there's any connection with any terrorist group. all of those things are still being investigated at this point. >> yeah, evan, some viewers are wondering how could it not be terrorism when somebody is attacking the capitol. >> right. >> and one of the things that people like you and i know who have lived in this town for a long time know sometimes there's definitely a political agenda for someone committing violence, religious violence or political violence or whatever, and sometimes washington, d.c., whether the white house and people trying to hop the fence or people attacking the cap tom, there was an incident a few years ago with a woman ramming her car into a barrier. >> right. >> i recall, sometimes because this is the nation's capital and these are high-profile buildings and high-profile individuals within the buildings, they attract people with serious
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problems. >> exactly and, frankly, jake, because of what we saw and what happened on january 6th, one of the things i've heard repeatedly from law enforcement people is that the concern was that -- that because people out there could see what a bunch of people were able to do, get in through these barriers and take it over, that it would serve as some sort of trigger for theme try to do somethingon their own and that goes from terrorist groups that are well known to people who are just sitting at home and maybe suffering some of their own issues to try to do something like this. that's a part of this investigation at this point to understand whether that's the case. it's a to be concern. it doesn't matter what you do to harden the exterior of the people mace. a barrier is right there. they weren't able to get through, but they were able to
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take the life of at least one officer. >> and, oven, do we know the office -- the officer who was killed, do we know if that was because of the -- of the car ramming into him or her, or do we know if it had to do with the stabbing. >> it's not clear to me, jake, and we're asking and there's a lot of conflicting reports that i have point. we don't noel when the officers were truck by the vehicle before getting to the barrier or whether that's the reason for the officer's death or whether it's the stabbing, but it tells you. it's indicative of the urgency of the swachgs, that officers did not wait. i live in that neighborhood. which heard a in the go towards there. clearly they are rushing, everything that they could. the assets that they
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caldwell-pope to get people out. they didn't wait. got them by the cruiser and took him to the closest hospital they could get to by car. >> evan perez, thank you so much. jen's jessica dean was actually inside the capitol when all of this unfolded. she covers capitol hill for us. jessica, tell us what the situation is like now. >> reporter: el with, right now, jake, the lockdown has been lifted so we can now come inside and outside but when this all began earlier today, i was sittingp and we heard an anowment blare over the loudspeaker. iev a clip of it. i'll let you all listen. >> i'll repeat. due to expersonal security threat, no entry or exit is permitted at this time in any building from thep -- rp. >> and that was the moment we
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now that we were in block down, tell us to stay from doors and windows. many it was eerily quiet, jake, when i went out to look around. clearlying is serious was going on. are i came double to the first floor and i heard radios going from the u.s. capitol police and that's we started -- weren't working. a lot of services i was checking in was working from home, because it's recess and because it's friday. we looked right over and could see the scene behind us, i was standing with some dap toll i was and they weren't sure precisely what has happening but as so many have evidence is they have -- i walk through that door
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and they are there to protect us. there were certainly heavy, heavy hearts, certainly a cloud of sadness and sufficient wafting through the billing right now. i walked by members of the capitol police officers and members of the national guard, and you can tell them their hearts are incredibly heavy as all of ours are, jake, and, you know, they have done a lot since january 6th to try to stem this. to try to protect against anything happening like this. they have increased and changed the way that they process information, to monitor threats. of course, they did put up the fencing and have the national guard here after that. that fencing just came -- a lot of that fencing just came down in the last couple of weeks, and it was noticeable here how much more open it felt. where this goes from here is the big question right now on capitol hill frankly, jake. the question is will more fencing go back up? does the posture change? these are some of the questions being asked, people are talking about that when i'm asking them
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kind of what comes next, but overall, jake, just incredibly heavy hearts here. just a devastating day. >> yeah, no, a horrible day and as you note for the u.s. capitol police they lost u.s. officer brian sicknick because of the january 6 insurrection. they lost another officer who died by suicide in the days after that because of the trauma and now they have lost a third officer. this is within three months for a relatively small police force, really horrific, and they do so much to keep members of congress and their staffs and journalists and the public safe for any danger. just a horrible day. thank you so much. let's go to cnn's haurn fox who is also on the hill. lauren, how are lawmakers reacting to this incident? a lot of them are real post-traumatic stress after the january 6th insurrection where several of them were very credibly fearing for their lives and fearing violence against
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them. how are they reacting today? >> reporter: yeah, i've been texting with several members, some of whom were in the house chamber on january 6th, you know, to talk a little bit about what do you feel like watching all of these events unfolding on capitol hill, and, you know, one source told me that this was just depressing, that this was upsetting what they were seeing at the capitol given what this complex has been through what, this community has been through over the last several months, and, you know, we are getting some more formal reaction from lawmakers, many of whom are on this congressional recess over the last week and will continue to be next week but i want to read one tweet from the majority leader who said i'm heartbroken for the officer killed today defending our capitol and for his family. i'm praying for the officer injured and for his family. twe are in their debt. we thank the capitol police, national guard and first responders for all they do to protect the capitol and those
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inside. and, of course, these outpourings are coming from across the aisle as well. i want to read another tweet from liz cheney, the republican conference chairwoman. she says our deepest condolences to the family of capitol police officer who was killed defending our capitol. u.s. capitol police put their lives on the line to protect us and our republic. they deserve our unwavering support, and jessica brought up such an important point, jake. these capitol police officers are really part of this complex in so many ways. you know, when you go in and south of this building, you say i had to them. you go through security. you -- you sort of build a rapport and a relationship with them. obviously this force has been through so much over the last several months and, of course, this incident today but also fact that many of them were on the front lines on january 6th. many of them fighting not just for minutes but for hours for their lives and for this building and for this place and what it represents on january 6th, so obviously everyone's
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hearts pouring out to the officer who passed away and their family. it's just a horrendously sad day, jake. >> a very sad day. thank you so much. let's discuss what's going on with our law enforcement experts. first of all, let me start with you, jewel kato kaelinm if i can. they said they are responding to this incident to provide support to the capitol police but d.c. police are taking the lead, the metropolitan police department or mpd. what are they going to be looking senator what clues will they be looking for? the suspect is dead so they know who did it. >> right. >> where do you go from there? >> this may be confusing to the public because they said we don't know what the motive is but we don't think it's terrorism. basically what that means is that they will announce relatively soon who the suspect is. they would know who he is because they -- they had him. he was dead, and then they will, and they are -- they determined almost immediately was he under
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any watch hits, either international or domestic, so in that way they were hat least able to make two claims. one is that there was no continuing threat and something in half an hour later and they reopen the capitol and for someone who looks like this from afar, that was something in my mind that they feel like they have a discreet threat that is obviously been stopped so now it's -- it's now going to look like a normal, as norm as as up could call this investigation which is going to be who is he, you know. what did he have online, mental issues? was he known to -- was he known to individuals there or law enforcement there for certain behavior, so this this will unfold like a normal investigation. however abnormal it seemed at the moment that it was happening because it seemed very familiar to the attack a couple months ago, so sometimes things that seemed too good to be a
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coincidence, right, with us is why we have to reserve judgment about anything in particular, motivation and just wait for the information to be disclosed. >> you see the u.s. capitol police has put out a statement with a photograph of the officer who was killed. his name was william billy evans, officer billy evans. we'll put that up photograph in a second. phil mudd, d.c. police say they do not think this is terrorism related. how can that determination be paid so quickly? >> i think they are right and i can explain for a moment why. would i say that's a bit quick. let me give you a reason y.if this individual acted alone to determine whether it's terrorism or not you need to get inside their head. if they are acted alone it's unlikely that they communicated with other individuals. you need to understand what's on their laptop, do interviews, friends, family, co-work to
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understood their mindset. based on what i've scene of the case i would tend to agree but as an analyst behind the scenes, jake, there's still a lot of work to be done. i think they are right. i wouldn't guarantee it yet. >> i want to share the photograph i shared had a moment ago. the capitol police released a statement mourning the officer of the officer killed, billy evans, william f. evans. it's with profound sadness that i share the news of the passing of officer william billy evans this afternoon from injuries following an attack at the north barricade by a lone ail sailant. he had been a member of the capitol police for 18 years. he began his u.s. capitol police service on march 7th, 2003 and was a member of the capitol division's first responder unit. please keep officer evan and his family in your thoughts and prayers. an 18-year vet rap, officer billy evans. that's his picture right there
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killed -- i mean, there's no reason for it, killed in the line of duty today because somebody attacked the capitol. >> let me go to reddit hudson, if i a police veteran this is a really bad era. i don't have to tell you for the u.s. capitol police. the third officer taken from them. one killed in the insurrection, one died by suicide right after the insurrection and now officer billy evans killed. what is that like for police when that happens? >> well, what it's like is for anybody else. if you all are working with someone, you've built a relationship with someone and they are your friend. you are devastated when they lose their life this way or really any other way. it really speaks to me as to why it's so critical, critical at this point, to hold people accountable, especially the people responsible for the
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insurrection on january the 6th. i don't know all the details of this case yet today. i know they are still coming in, but we do know that the capitol was previously attacked in recent weeks and months, and it is imperative that those people be prosecuted to the full extent of the law to send a message to future attackers that you will be he will accountable for your actions. i mean, i'm sure that the d.c. -- i'm sorry, the capitol police are devastated by this loss. it's a tragedy. >> just awful. cnn's evan perez now has some break is news on the identity of the suspect. evan, tell us what you're learning. >> well, jake, we're told by sources, multiple sources, that the suspect's name is noah green. at least one of those sources says that he's 25 years old. we know that at this time, jake, the law enforcement, the police investigators are working to learn more about him, trying to figure out what motivation was
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behind this attack. noah green, right now they are getting search warrants to try to search his home, talk to family members. we have teams on the way to try to get to those locations at this point, but obviously there's still much work to be done here, just touching on your conversation just a minute ago with phil. even though the police initially said that they don't believe there's any terrorism motivation at this point, they still have a lot more work to do, and one of those things, what's going to come -- what's going to come from these searches is perhaps some answers based on what they find at the suspect's home, talking to family members, what perhaps his mindset was in recent days, what perhaps drove him to -- to take this action today. >> let's bring back our law enforcement panel as we know the identity noah green is his name. he won -- one federal source telling our team that he's 25,
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still obviously learning a lot more about this person. law enforcement panel, take a listen to what the metropolitan police chief, that's the d.c. police chief said about the attack. >> the suspect did exit the vehicle with a knife in hand, and at that time he started to lunge towards, run aggressive towards u.s. capitol police officers. >> that's -- that's the -- actually the acting capitol police officer, not the mpd police officer, but let me ask you, julia kayyem, when a suspect is running at a police officer with a knife, i believe it's -- it's protocol that they have no choice but to shoot. >> right. >> and there isn't -- this isn't the movies. you don't shoot somebody's arm? yeah. >> you don't shoot had a knife out of somebody's hand. you shoot the body mass which is the torso. >> yes, and the acting chief did
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say they -- they tried de-escalation protocols. clearly they said, you know, get out of the car. he comes running out with a nifrks hand this is one of the more interesting aspects to this as the investigation unfolds. 25-year-old male who is using a knife, and to me when i first heard that, i just thought -- you know, it's -- it's not -- not that common, especially in the united states where guns are readily accessible, so that's going to also go into the investigation is why a knife. let's just say thank god a knife but that's going to be clearly one of their motivations. did he not have access to guns? where is he coming, from and so they now vfrm a person so in a world of all bad news often that's good news because now they can begin to determine what his vote vags was. did anybody else know and also begin to explain the dined of threat the capitol may be over.
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there may be different motivations more attacks on the capitol but the cumulative effect on the police is as everyone has been saying is extreme. we need to make sure we protect the capitol but also protect the capitol police. >> and phil mudd, we were talking about this earlier in the show but the idea of violent acts inspiring other violent acts, even if the political motivations or religious motivations or terrorist motivations or -- or no motivation that makes any sense at all, not that any violence makes any sense, but based in just self-destruction or illness, is that -- is that -- how serious a concern is that? so you have the january 6th insurrection which was based on political violence. i mean, there was a clear motivation to -- to undo the election and to top the county of the electors. how big a concern is it among law enforcement than this is just going to inspire so many
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other people ranging from isis to people who don't even have a political motivation? they are just going have a violent episode and now they are going to aim it at us. >> look, i think there's going to be a question appropriate about what the motivation of this individual was, for example, if this individual had mental issues that are not related to politics you might say you can't link that to january 6th. i would not agree with that, jake. there will be people watching this that i had, people watching this incident looking what -- at what's happened to america over recent months saying the capitol is vulnerable. i think -- and this is me speaking for those kinds of people. i think that it is my responsibility to make my voice known. i don't agree with what's happening in america and the people who came before me, regardless of whether their motivations were clear, the people who came before michaud me that the capitol is vulnerable. i think this is as much about the target that is how do we think about the capitol today
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versus how we might have thought of it two months ago as it is about the motivation of the individual. poem will say the capitol can be breached and i need to do something, jake. >> and reddit, let me ask you. cnn has identified the suspect who allegedly carried this out and was the killed as a result just as he injured and killed another officer. one of the things that is very different from had you we cover these kinds of incidents today in 202 is versus how we covered them five years ago, ten years ago. we tend to name the suspect or assailant and then we don't name him or her again or if we do so we do so sparingly because there was a lot of criticism, rightly so, of news media making these people famous, and the media -- and the media evolved and learned from that, most of us did anyway at any rate, but it's
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still -- it still inspires people even though the fame has been taken out of it to a degree? >> it can. it depends on the individual. to phil's point, we don't know what the mental state of this guy was. all of that is yet to be determined, and -- and if a person is resolved to do something like this whether they are going to be famous or not, they are likely to try to carry it out. i think the important thing is, again, since we don't know what we do know is an attack has already taken place, a major attack on the u.s. capitol. this is reminiscent of that although not nearly the same scale obviously, but this is potentially a continuation of the sentiments, the politics, the ideology that drove people to commit the crimes that they committed on january the 6th, and i don't think it can be ignored. it could also be something as
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simple as this guy wanted to end his own life and a sure way to do that is to crash into some police officers, get out of your car and run at them with a knife. >> right. >> i heard that discussed earlier on the air, and that's a reality. some people do attempt to end their lives by provoking police officers to kill them. >> right. >> it's rare. it's unusual, but it's not out of the question. >> suicide by cop as it's referred to. cnn's lauren fox is on capitol hill. lauren, this is -- this is the second time since january 6th that the spouts has asked for the flags at the capitol to be place the at half staff, to be lowered to half staff to honor a fallen capitol police officer. she's now also reacting to this incident with her -- with her word. tell us more. >> reporter: well, that's right. the house speaker giving out this statement just a few minutes ago, and i want to read it. it is really offering thoughts, prayers and -- and
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acknowledgement of what has occurred today at the u.s. capitol. she says, quote, today america's heart has been broken by the tragic and heroic dealt of one of our own capitol police heroes, officer william evans. he is a martyr for our democracy. she goes on to say in this statement that congress is prepared and ready to begin an investigation into what she calls a heinous attack, and i think that that is really important here because, you know, there's what occurred today and then there's the repercussions for what the capitol is going to have to do to try to understand the event but also, you know, make sure that it can't happen again in the future, jake, and i think that that is really going to be key here because, you know, just a couple of weeks ago there was fence on the outside perimeter of the u.s. cap to. you could not drive up and down constitution. this event today happened at the corner of constitution and delaware at the north front of the u.s. capitol, so obviously there's going to be a question
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of what security needs to continue up here, and i think what that what the speaker is saying here is not only is she grateful for the u.s. capitol police force and this officer william evans in particular who gave his life today, but she's arguing that congress has to stabbed ready to investigation what happened, and that could mean taking actions in the future to make sure that it can't happen again, jake. obviously the capitol complex and the community up here just overwhelmed by the fact that this happened just a few months ago and now here we are again today on this good friday, a holiday when lawmakers are on recess. >> that's right. it's -- it's good friday, and lauren while i have you. let me just ask you, because i know working in that building, working on capitol hill, i remember i was a congressional reporter and there on september 12th, the day after 9/11, and it was traumatic and scary and all
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of that and the capital hadn't been attacked at that point though later it was with anthrax. what is it like working there, either your personal experience, with the people around you, ranging from people of law enforcement and congress people and other law enforcement. it was very scary for people on january 6th. people died that day. there's been an attempt to whitewash the horrors of january 6th. people were killed. police officers were severely wounded by this mob, and -- and it was only just three full months ago and now you have another attack which must also bring back some of the horrible fears and memories of that day. . you know, jake, i'll tell you. i was in the dirkson office building about to renew my congressional i.d. and i was
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about to go back to my office in the u.s. capitol building and i was standing by this train that runs through the building underground waiting for it to come when all of a sudden an announcement came over the loudspeaker that said that there had been an event outside and that, you know, the capitol was on lockdown, that we weren't to enter or exit the building, and the visceral feeling i had, i mean, i was here on january 6th. it was the exact same. my heart dropped. i mean, the feeling that you have up here on capitol hill, i was just walking into the building today. my husband dropped me off in a corner basically right here where this barrier is this morning, and i -- i just was feeling really hopeful about the fact that for the first time in a long time that it felt like things were starting to get back to normal up here. it will never be the same after january 6th but there was just really a sense that i was starting my day. the cherry blossoms are all blooming. it's such a beautiful time to be in washington. it's easter weekend for those who celebrate that holiday and,
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you know, i was just feeling like okay, things are starting to move on and that announcement just a couple of hours ago, i mean, that feeling, it was just h like i was back standing in the basement on january 6th when i what is being told that day i couldn't get back to my office in the u.s. capitol, so a lot of parallels, jake, and i know from talking to sources, both staff a members that i've been talking to this afternoon, many people felt the exact same way about what they were feeling today, even members who weren't at the capitol but watching from home or back in their districts. jake? >> how traumatizing without question and, of course, our thoughts are with the families and friends and colleagues of capitol officer billy evans who was killed today in this incident. we're going to squeeze in a quick break. we will come back with some more breaking news. one officer, officer billy evans, killed at the u.s. capitol. stay with us. we'll be right back. get to tell everybodyt that we how liberty mutual customizes your car insurance so you only pay for what you need?
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. welcome back. we're following breaking and tragic news. one police officer, officer billy evans has been killed at the u.s. capitol. he was an 18-year vet rap of the capitol police and one of our producers on capitol hill kristen wilson just tweeted his photo, and she obviously knew him. she said billy was the kindest person. a suspect rammed his car into two officers, including evans and lunged at them with a knife. that suspect is also dead. this happened justly after 1:00 p.m. east coast time. let bring in cnn owes whitney wild. explain how this happened for our viewers who are just tuning in. >> well, what we know is that this car again rammed into officers who were at this barricade. you know, when you come to capitol hill, you realize in some moments that the targets are soft because these officers are standing on the street where they can interact with pedestrians and in this case tragically interact with a
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motorist. the news that we have that sources are telling me my colleague evan perez and my other colleague brynn gingras the suspect is noah green. we're still trying to learn more details, why he would do such a horrific act, where he's from and how old he is. all those details we're trying to nail down and what we know is tragically officers billy evans lost his life. the suspect is also dead in this case. up. questions that we had was what was -- what was the purpose? what was the motive so earlier today we heard from both u.s. capitol police chief pitman as well as d.c. police chief robert conte. at this moment they don't believe that this person had a terrorist motive. they don't believe that this person was targeting a member of congress. we don't believe that there is an ongoing threat and finally, jake, they don't believe that this person was known to law enforcement prior to this incident. that is an important piece of information because so much of the conversation here security-wise has surrounded how
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to get better at intelligence, how to stop threats, and the context here as well, jake, is that capitol police have tried to make meaningful changes. they have changed their intelligence flow here on capitol hill. they have tried to beef up security with a national guard. they just took down the outer perimeter fence. they finally feel like they had a handle on what was going on and yet something like this happens and yet these officers continue to be under attack. since january this department has lost three officers. as i said, you know, earlier in the hour i can't stress this enough. that is so heartbreaking for any department to lose three at once. that's something, jake, some departments don't see over a several year span and here they are back in this familiar place that is all so tragic. >> officer brian sicknick who died shortly after the insurrection. there was another officer who died by suicide in the days after the insurrection traumatized by the event we're told and now, of course, officer
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billy evans who our cnn capitol hill producer kristen wilson says was a kind person. we'll talk to her in a second if we can get her on the phone. there's a picture of officer evans, an 18-year veteran. force. i want to spring our law enforcement panel back and if we can bring back the bird's eye view of the capitol grounds. i just want to explain to people. there it is. there's the u.s. capitol and the -- on the left side of your screen, that's the back. that's where the inauguration takes operation of the capitol. on the right side that's the front where people -- people drive in on those roads, and then you see where it says deadly incident, that's basically constitution avenue is on the very top of the screen. that's a bunch of senate office buildings lining constitution avenue. anybody can drive down constitution avenue. you can't turn -- when you turn into where the deadly incident is, there is a police kiosk and
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a barricade and, you know, years ago the barricades were almost never up, but now they are regularly up, and apparently this individual, the suspect who we have identified rammed, you know, turned into that part of the capitol grounds, the senate side of the capitol. the top part of the screen is the senate side and the bottom is the house side and that's where the incident took place. julia, it was just days, weeks ago that members of congress were complaining about all of the fencing surrounding the capitol that had been put up there after january 6th, and, look, i understand it. nobody wants to feel like they are living in the green zone in baghdad in a war zone. >> right. >> and this is the people's house. people are supposed to be able to walk in and walk out. talk to their member of congress, et cetera. i get the -- the idea, but this is exactly the kind of thing that law enforcement was worried
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about happening. >> exactly. it's too early to make a judgment call about what the security assessment should be around the capitol right now so let's of people, some of them with police cat motives are saying bring everything down and others are saying put more up. basically, this is going to take just an honest accounting of what the threats are and where we need people. the question i do have is what was the security posture today that was likely in response to january 6th? in other words, were there more police officers there because we did -- what happened today was thwarting something that could have been worse, the car gets in, rams other pedestrians even if they don't get a congress person so was there more security because of january 6th and do we want to keep that up? one thing i want to say about the slain officer. he was from an emergency
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management division and what that means is he generally was not patrol nor intelligence so it may mean that they were moving lots of people, lots of capitol police to try to protect the perimeter simply in response to maybe not a specific threat but an intelligence threat. these are not answerles that can be answered at this movement. this be to a thorough objective law enforcement review. >> i want to bring in cnn cap him producer kristen wilson who i've known for years. kristen, you and i would interact before i was at cnn when i worked on capitol hill, and you really get to know the capitol hill police officers that you see day in, day out. some are friendly, some less so u.went on twitter and you say thatves aer billy evans, who was killed today, you say he is was the kindest person march you
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know:we'd like to here about this man. nench who works here. see the same people every day. if you were working in. sometimes he's inside, other had a kind work or good morning are which something he -- why are you coming in so late, just giving us trouble, you know, terrible jokes, bad dad jokes, just really pleasant guy. i mean there was one day we were outside. it was miserably cold and we were standing out there, and, you know, he's like your kind of weather. and i'm like it's absolutely not my kind of weather. just had a good time with you. i don't know. never an unkind word. just a nice kind word for everybody whether it was a staffer walking in or an intern,
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nice person, kind person. it's -- it hurts. they all hurt but this one hurts. >> yeah, and it's just, know, it's a tough -- it's a tough business politics and journalism and law enforcement, not the same thing, obviously law enforcement is tougher, but the -- but they are serious businesses, and to have somebody who is trying to brighten the day of, you know, somebody that they are charged with protecting, that's special and there are a bunch of capitol officers that are like that, i should say. there are a bunch of them who work really hard and are really kind and pleasant to be around averaged it's been really rough for that family, the capitol hill police family this year because of the loss of three officers, of the officers sicknick killed on january 6th and the officer who died by
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suicide shortly after and now officer billy evans. >> yeah, and, i mean, these case -- they are taking it hard. i've talked to a lot of capitol police today and these guys are friends and i see them all the time and they just look wounded and haunted. it's just like one more that they have to bear. i think -- i think lauren fox was taking earlier that there was starting to feel like a sense of hope hand things were getting more back to normal and the fencing was coming down. this is a hit that will hit the capitol police family and everybody up here. it's just a tough one. >> kristen, thanks so much for calling in and sharing your experiences with officer billy evans. he soepds like a -- obviously we would like to honor him on cnn. reach out and let us know when the talk will be.
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we're going to continue to monitor the breaking news out of washington. capitol police officer billy evans killed in the line of duet to after a suspect rammed his car into his and another one lunging at them with a neuve. we'll keep an eye on that, but we have to tell but this shocking story and bring this shocking story from the world lead to you right now. the ethiopian government is denying that it its soldiers are responsible for war crimes committed in their own country but new video on taped by cnn will make that hard to maintain. the video is from ethiopia's tigray region. the video shows ethiopian soldiers executing unarmed young minand cnn's team collaborated
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with amnesty international to investigate this video. a warning. the what we're about to play is graphic and gruesome but it's far too atrocious to ignore. >> reporter: you are watching footage filmed by a soldier turned whistle-blower now in hiding. this video was obtained by a pro-tigray media organization based in the u.s. the video you're watching will show these ethiopian soldiers execute these men, a war crime. the ethiopian government has waged war against tigray's ousted regional leaders for the last five months with the help of neighboring eritrea. this is not mainly tigray's doing. here's why that's not true. we know these are ethiopian soldiers because of the ethiopian flag here and here and examining the camouflage
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clothing, the uniforms match those of the ethiopian army. in addition, the soldiers are speaking the official language of the ethiopian army distinct from the local language. we also know the location by analyzing the video and geolocating the footage. we know it's in central tigray by the mountain range and terrain just south of the city. this developed by amnesty international confirms that through spacial. you can see the mountain range as much as the footage. we know the captives were moved from 1.7 miles away. key geographical features were mapped on basis of the site. by pinpointing the location cnn was able to speak to local villagers who confirmed their family members were dragged away
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by ethiopian soldiers and have not been seen since. some believe their loved ones are in this video. you can hear soldiers asking the whistle-blower to come closer. the wording here is important. execution. this is pre-meditated. they have rounded up these men to kill them. we must warn you what you're about to see is horrifying. shoot them in the head, he says, and they do. look at the left of your screen. the man shoots. we paused the video just before his victim falls to the ground and, again, another soldier raises his weapon towards the man in the white house scarf. the video cuts out but the next
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scene tells you what happened to him. to all of them. the soldiers continue to shoot making sure that there are no survivors. what you are witnessing is an extra judicial execution. we counted at least 34 young men at the beginning of this video, all are now presumed dead. their bodies casually flung or the ridge. no attempt to hide what has been done here. no apparent fear of consequences. their actions are so appalling we can only show video frames from the video, but it doesn't stop here. you can hear someone saying check that one. that one is not dead. kill him, or i will come. the same soldiers moves further along the ridge and shoots from close range as other soldiers watch on. much of the region remains under an ethiopian blackout but cnn
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and amnesty international were able to speak to local villagers and family members who told us that at least 39 men remain missing from the village. one man was able to watch the video and confirmed to us that his brother is among the dead depicted here. family members continue to search for their loved ones but have been unable to reach this remote area. their wish to bury the dead will go unheeded. and jake the ethiopian forth has now gotten in touch with us with this statement dismissing our claims saying that the ethiopian government has indicated its open will for independent investigations to be carried out in the tigray region adding social media posts and claims cannot be put forward as
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evidence as western media reports them. jake? >> another incredibly report. really appreciate it and your excellent reporting. be sure to tune in this sunday for "state of the union." my guest includes vermont independent senator bernie sanders, jennifer granholm, mississippi governor tate reeves, a republican and congresswoman ilhan omar from minnesota where that trial is going on. 9:00 a.m. and noon eastern and also you can follow me on facebook, instagram @jaketapper or tweet the show @theleadcnn. we continue with more coverage with wolf blitzer in "the situation room." i'll see you sunday morning. welcome to our viewers here and around the world. we're following breaking news. another deadly assault as the u.s. capitol, just some three
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months after the january 6th insurrection. one capitol police officer is dead and another wounded after an attacker rammed them with his vehicle, crashed into a barrier and charged out of the car with a knife. the deceased officer is not able to identify as william evans, an 18-year member of the force. police shot the suspect now identified as 25-year-old noah green who later died at the hospital. authorities won't reveal anything about a potential motive, at least not yet, but they do say the attack does not, at least for now, does not appear to be terrorism and that green was not known to u.s. capitol police. in a painful reminder of the january 6th attack, the d.c. national guard was immediately deployed to try to secure the scene as the capitol building went into complete lockdown. let get straight to sten's brian todd over at the capitol. he's joining us righ