A police officer is being hailed for his role in driving an angry mob away from Senate chambers during the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday by a pro-Trump mob.
Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, identified by CNN reporter Kristin Wilson, could be seen in video footage distracting rioters away from the room as police rushed to secure the area.
In the clash, Goodman gets between a man in a black QAnon T-shirt and a hallway leading to the Senate chambers, then pushes the person to trick him and the crowd to chase Goodman towards the officers in the direction. opposite.
Capitol Police did not respond to a request regarding the identity of the officer. The efforts of Goodman, who is black, gave police sufficient time to race to lock the doors to the Senate Chamber, according to the Washington Post.
Several lawmakers have praised Goodman’s actions.
Jaime Harrison, associate chairman of the Democratic National Committee, tweeted: “The word hero does not correctly describe Officer Eugene Goodman. His judgment and his heroism may have saved our Republic. Harrison demanded that Goodman be considered for the Congressional Gold Medal.
US Representative Bill Pascrell wrote on Twitter Sunday: “As Trump’s fascist mob ransacked the U.S. Capitol, this brave USCP [United States Capitol police] The officer removed the murderous rioters from the Senate Chamber and saved the lives of those there. May God bless him for his courage.
Congressman Scott Peters tweeted: “Officer Eugene Goodman strategically steered an angry Senate mob away during last week’s insurgency. His courage and decisive action probably saved lives. We owe Constable Goodman and many other law enforcement officers who kept us safe that day a debt of gratitude.
Several members of Congress with military experience, including Ruben Gallego and Jason Crow, were also praised for calming frightened colleagues and assisting in the evacuation during the chaos.
Trump, who unsuccessfully tried to reverse his November electoral defeat to Joe Biden by falsely claiming widespread fraud, called on supporters gathered in Washington to protest Congress’s electoral vote count certifying Biden’s victory .
Five people, including a Capitol policeman, died in the riots on Wednesday and dozens of people were charged.
Among the crowd that stormed the Capitol were individuals waving Confederate flags and wearing clothing bearing insignia and slogans espousing white supremacist beliefs.
The Capitol Police chief resigned after the attack and a federal prosecutor said he would charge any Capitol Police member found to be an accomplice.
Two Capitol Hill policemen were suspended for their actions in the attack. Tim Ryan, a Democratic senator from Ohio, said Monday that one of the officers took a selfie with someone and the other put on a “Make America Great Again” hat. He said of the latter that “the acting chief has determined that this can be suspended immediately.”