Eugene Goodman, hero Capitol police officer who diverted mob, escorts Harris during inauguration


WASHINGTON (AP) — A Capitol police officer hailed as a hero for his actions during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol is accompanying Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at the inauguration of Harris and President-elect Joe Biden.

Officer Eugene Goodman confronted the insurrectionists and led them away from Senate chambers moments after Vice President Mike Pence was escorted from the Senate chamber as the rioters stormed the Capitol.

In this image made from video and provided by HuffPost, Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman speaks to an angry mob inside the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. One bright spot in all the chaos and anger from last week’s mob siege at the U.S. Capitol was Goodman confronting a mob and retreating, risking his life to perhaps save the U.S. Senate. (Igor Bobic/HuffPost via AP)

Goodman is a Black man and was facing an overwhelmingly white mob. He is the only officer seen for a full minute on widely circulated footage captured by a news reporter. Goodman stands in front of the rioters and walks backward as the group follows him to a second-floor hallway, where other officers finally assist him.

A police spokeswoman says Goodman’s plainclothes assignment to accompany Harris “is a ceremonial role.″

U.S. Representatives Charlie Crist (D-FL), Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO), and Nancy Mace (R-SC) introduced a bipartisan bill (H.R. 305) to award Officer Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal for his “bravery and quick thinking” during the Capitol riot.  

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