Officer Eugene Goodman risked his life to lead insurrectionists away from the open Senate Chamber.
United States Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, an Iraq combat vet, is credited with risking his life during Trump’s insurrection in order to save US Senators from insurgents.
On January 6, during the insurrection, Officer Goodman was video’ed being chased up a stairway in the Capitol building by insurrectionists. When he reached the landing of the floor above, he looked left, saw the open door to the Senate chamber where members were in session, and deliberately led the mob down the hallway, in the opposite direction.
Members of Congress hailed Goodman as a hero and have introduced a bill to award him the Congressional Gold Medal.
A number of good news articles have been written about Officer Goodman’s actions. I’m reprinting the CBS News report of January 12 here, in full. To watch the actual video footage of Goodman, follow the link to the CBS Story.
WAPO, Fox, CNN, ABC, and numerous other news media have also covered Officer Goodman’s actions as well as his nomination for the Congressional Gold Medal.
Fox admits (in tiny print) that “The revelation comes from detailed analysis from The Washington Post.” You know. The Fake News source. Apparently it’s only Fake News if they don’t like it, because they re-report WAPO news routinely. But, hey, if you’re a cop, you probably only get your news from Fox — so go read it there if it’ll make you happy. It’s still from The Washington Post.
Find The Washington Post’s in-depth reporting about Goodman’s cool under fire here, and their coverage of his Congressional medal nomination here.
Here’s the CBS News story, published January 12, 2021:
Black officer seen risking his life to lead Capitol mob away from Senate chamber hailed as a hero
BY CAITLIN O’KANE
JANUARY 12, 2021 / 7:12 AM / CBS NEWS
During the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, a mob of Trump supporters breached security and entered the building as members of Congress were gathered inside. One officer was seen risking his life to divert an angry mob away from the Senate chamber, leading the group in the opposite direction at a crucial moment when the lawmakers were not yet safely locked down.
Video taken by HuffPost politics reporter Igor Bobic shows a Black Capitol Police officer standing the hallway a few steps ahead of the mob, trying to hold them back, and then heading up a staircase as the men chase after him. “Here’s the scary moment when protesters initially got into the building from the first floor and made their way outside Senate chamber,” Bobic tweeted when he shared the video in the midst of the chaos Wednesday afternoon.
The mob continues to follow the officer, who is alone, and shout at him as he makes his way to another area of the Capitol, where more law enforcement awaits.
The harrowing video went viral, with nearly 10 million views on Bobic’s post as of Monday. The Capitol Police officer has been identified as Eugene Goodman, who is being hailed as a hero for diverting the intimidating mob away from the Senate chamber.
Goodman is an Army veteran who spent time in Iraq, CBS Washington, D.C. affiliate WUSA reports. While the Capitol Police leadership has been criticized for the security failures, and its chief has resigned, many are praising Goodman for his brave and quick-thinking reaction at a crucial moment in the crisis.
The leader of the mob who chased him, the man seen in the video wearing a QAnon t-shirt, has been identified as Doug Jensen of Iowa. Des Moines police assisted the FBI in arresting Jensen Friday night and he was booked into the Polk County Jail.
The sheriff’s office said the charges against Jensen provided by the FBI include: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority; disrupting the orderly conduct of government business; violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building; and obstructing a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder.
Jensen, 41, was also let go from his job as a laborer at a masonry company, the firm’s CEO CBS Des Moines affiliate KCCI.
First published on January 11, 2021 / 10:05 AM
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