Video Shows How One Capitol Police Officer Saved Senator’s Lives

Eugene Goodman is being hailed as a hero. Here's why.

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Despite what they might think, the Trump-supporting insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol last week are not heroes. Neither are those Capitol police officers who took selfies, and gave directions to the seditionists as they entered the building — several of whom have been suspended or are under investigation for their actions on January 6. That doesn’t mean, however, that there weren’t people, and Capitol police officers, who displayed bravery while the Capitol was under siege. One of those men has been receiving national praise for his brave actions.

The appropriately named Eugene Goodman, an officer in the United States Capitol Police, was captured in a video taken by Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic and posted while the takeover was happening. Bobic was inside the Capitol when he came upon Goodman, by himself, confronting a large crowd of rioters.

In the video, it quickly becomes clear that Goodman, despite his best efforts, can’t keep the crowd back. He begins to retreat up the stairs, and the rioters, both in awe that they’ve made it this far and clueless about the layout of the building, just kind of follow him.


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