A police officer seen diverting a pro-Trump crowd from the Senate entrance when the deadly attacks on the U.S. Capitol was celebrated as a hero.
A video, captured by HuffPost Journalist Igor Bobic appears to show the officer strategically diverting crowds from a hallway leading to the Senate chambers, where lawmakers were meeting to certify the 2020 presidential election.
He was later identified by CNN and other news outlets as Eugene Goodman, US Capitol Police Officer (USCP).
The video clip shows the officer glancing at the entrance to the Senate Chamber as a crowd walks up to him, up the stairs.
The cop then confronts the man who leads the group of rioters. As the man looks toward the entrance to the Senate, Agent Goodman pushes him aside and appears to distract him. The officer continues to engage the rioter as he moves in the opposite direction of the Senate.
According to Mr Bobic, the video was shot at 2:14 p.m. – a minute before the chambers were sealed. Mr. Bobic based himself on a contemporary report by a Washington Post reporter who said the doors were sealed at 2:15 p.m.
Capitol Police did not immediately return several requests for comment from The independent and did not confirm the identity of the agent.
The main rioter seen in the video confronting officers and confronting security officials has been identified by various media as Doug Jensen, from Des Moines, Iowa.
He was then arrested and faces five federal charges, including trespassing.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called the attack on Capitol Hill an act of domestic terror while calling for the arrest of those involved.
A federal murder investigation has been opened into the death of Brian Sicknick, the USCP officer who died Thursday “due to injuries sustained while on duty,” according to Capitol Police.
“Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday January 6, 2021 at the US Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters,” the statement said.
“He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
At least 14 officers were injured in the violent attacks and five people died, including Officer Sicnick.
“The word hero does not correctly describe Officer Eugene Goodman,” Jaime Harrison, South Carolina Democrat and former Senate candidate, said in a statement posted on Twitter. “His judgment and his heroism may have saved our Republic.”
The Democratic Coalition also wrote in a tweet: “USCP Officer Eugene Goodman is his name. He’s a hero and he deserves the Medal of Freedom. Period. ”