Capitol police officer praised as hero for diverting mob from Senate chamber

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2021

"As Trump's fascist mob ransacked the US Capitol, this fearless USCP officer kept murderous rioters away from the Senate chamber and saved the lives of those inside", U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell tweeted.

A Black Capitol Hill Police officer is being hailed as a hero for his actions during the January 6 riot in which insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol in a deadly riot that took five lives.

That man is Officer Eugene Goodman.

After the resignation of former US Capitol Chief, Steven Sund, Yogananda Pittman has been named as the acting police chief.

This New York Times picture showed Officer Goodman standing in front of an angry mob blocking a doorway in front of the entrance to the Senate chamber.

Goodman then pushes the man who has followed him up the stairs and continues running in what appears to be an effort to encourage the group to keep chasing him, leading them away from the entrance to the Senate.

Goodman's actions are being hailed on social media as heroic, with New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell tweeting he "kept murderous rioters away from the Senate chamber and saved the lives of those inside".

Trump, who has sought unsuccessfully to overturn his November 3 election loss to Democrat Joe Biden, falsely claiming widespread fraud, had called on supporters gathered in Washington to protest the congressional counting of electoral votes certifying Biden's victory.

Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died during Wednesday's violent siege of the Capitol that was incited by Trump, and multiple people who breached the building have been charged.

Among the mob who stormed the Capitol were individuals who waved Confederate flags and wore clothing carrying insignia and slogans espousing white supremacist beliefs.

Many people praised Goodman for saving the lives of politicians and staffers who were reportedly still in the chambers.

Now as Capitol Police Chief, Pittman will be among the few Black women police chiefs in the nation.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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