Christians around the world celebrate Good Friday today, the day on which Jesus died. It is a day of remembrance not just for God’s sacrifice, but for the injustice of those human agents who perpetrated it. Sadly, another death occurred today on Capitol Hill…this one another tragic miscarriage of justice.
Death On Good Friday
A U.S. Capitol Police officer is dead today after a vehicle rammed a Capitol complex checkpoint on Constitution Avenue then emerged wielding a knife. He was fatally shot. The two officers were rushed to the hospital. One is dead and the other is in unknown condition.
Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman noted:
“It is with a very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries. This has been a very difficult time for the Capitol Police department. I ask that you keep our U.S. Capitol Police family in your prayers.”
What could have driven this man to kill? What possesses someone to take the life of another in cold blood? I guess we’ll soon find out…
And folks, this will change travel. I witnessed first-hand the militarization of Washington, DC when I was in town for the Biden inauguration in January. It was the biggest military presence in the District since the U.S. Civil War. This latest incident will only reinforce that presence and make what should be an open, accessible capital city instead a city surrounded by barbed wire, tanks, and armed troops.
It made me think of Good Friday, nearly 2,000 years ago. There, a man was put to death on the flimsiest of charges, including a sham trial that exposed the basest of human behavior.
And yet we humans just don’t learn, do we? Today another man was put to death by a selfish, cowardly act of defiance that will only further marginalize whatever grievance(s) drove this atrocity.
Christians believe that the death of Jesus was necessary that we might have life. But today’s death on Capitol Hill was so unnecessary. It was so antithetical to an ethic that cherishes life and sees intrinsic value in every human being.
As we travel across the country and around the world, let us love one another and treat every person with the dignity and compassion we would want to be afforded.