Congress To Bestow Highest Honor On Eugene Goodman, Other Capitol Officers

You likely have seen the footage of Eugene Goodman, Capitol police officer, who diverted a white supremacist group in a stairwell during the chaos that ensued at the White House insurrection.

Newly released security footage shows that Goodman’s actions actually potentially saved a legislature’s life, who didn’t realize he was in immediate danger, The Washington Post reported.

Goodman, unarmed with weapons or tactical gear, pushed the mob leader and the aggressive, rioting crowd in the opposite direction of the Senate Chamber.

Senator Mitt Romney was unaware that he was walking toward the mob when he first encountered Goodman in the hall, Goodman then instructed the senator to turn around and return to safety. During the impeachment trial on Wednesday, Representative Stacey Plaskett shared the new footage of the scene.

“You all may have seen footage of Officer Goodman previously, but there’s more to his heroic story. In this security footage you can see Officer Goodman running to respond to the initial breach. Officer Goodman passes Senator Mitt Romney and directs him to turn around in order to get to safety. On the first floor just beneath them, the mob had already started to search for the Senate Chamber.”

Representative Stacey Plaskett

The viral footage of Goodman facing the mob has been viewed over 10 million times, captured and Tweeted by HuffPost reporter Igor Bobic.

Yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she’s introducing legislation to award the officers who were present at the insurrection with a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor that Congress can bestow.

“That day, those men and women risked and gave their lives to save ours, becoming martyrs for our democracy. The outstanding heroism and patriotism of our heroes demand our deepest appreciation.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Read Pelosi’s full statement HERE.

Daily Kos

Written by Abigale Racine