Black Cop Hailed As Hero For Single-Handedly Preventing Capitol Mob From Entering Senate Chambers
Thanks to his quick thinking, Eugene Goodman was able keep a group of angry rioters from reaching the Senate floor.
January 12, 2021 at 12:11 am
In a now-viral video of last week’s harrowing riot, Officer Eugene Goodman is seen staving off a mob of intruders looking to disrupt the Senate hearings. After realizing the group’s intent, Goodman distracted the mob and herded them away from the chamber where politicians and other elected officials were located.
Goodman’s tactic threw off the plans of the group’s leader, identified as Doug Jensen, who was so focused on the officer that he missed the opportunity to gain access to a hallway leading to the Senate chambers, according to USA Today.
Officer Eugene Goodman, distracted and led the Capitol mob past the door on his left and up the stairs to his right. The unlocked and unsecured door on his left was actually the entrance to the Senate Chamber, where many were hiding.— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) January 11, 2021
This man is a SHERO. pic.twitter.com/aSbon16TRi
Eventually, Goodman led the group to a back corridor, away from the Senate, where more officers were on standby.
Following the officer’s act of bravery and selfishness, people took to Twitter to send messages detailing their appreciation and gratitude for Goodman.