Remember this name: Eugene Goodman.
It was on this day just two weeks ago, that Goodman, a U.S. Capitol Police officer, became a hero. He was one of the officers who bravely directed participants in the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol away from the Senate chamber.
Today, officer Goodman was given the honor of escorting Vice President-elect Kamala Harris through that same building to the inaugural ceremony.
Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died as a result of the insurrection and attempted Coup by thousands of Trump supporters at last week’s confirmation hearing for President-Elect Joe Biden.
Dozens of people have been charged and more are currently being arrested, but there is one man, with the help of others, who stood up to the protestors: Officer Eugene Goodman.
Goodman is now being hailed as a hero for drawing an angry mob away from the entrance as rioters smashed their way into the U.S. Capitol. This is key because if the mob would have entered that room, there may have been more casualties law enforcement says.
The Senate chambers wouldn’t be secured until one minute later, according to CNN’s timeline of events from the riot. Once Goodman led the rioters into a larger hall, backup officers arrived, though they were still outnumbered by rioters.
In a viral video from the scene, the officer is seen glancing to his left and notices the unobstructed hallway to the Senate as he was chased up a flight of stairs. Goodman, at first, tried to block an open door before realizing he was alone and being pursued.
Only armed with a baton, Goodman pushes the leader of the pack, a man wearing a black QAnon shirt later identified as Doug Jensen from Des Moines. Jensen was focused on