But his wife is yet to speak in any interviews about him. Whether the tactic was intentional or not, the officer is responsible for potentially preventing even more violence in the Capitol. Since Goodman was identified, the Capitol police officer is being hailed as a hero for defending the Capitol. Online and in much of the public eye, Goodman is a hero. The Senate stopped its proceedings to begin clearing the chamber at 2:15 p.m. Five people died in the riots, including one of Goodman’s fellow officers. 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But the House members didn’t respond to messages asking if they had met with Goodman. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman calls for backup as an angry mob gives chase inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. bloody and messy scenes elsewhere at the Capitol. 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Officer Eugene Goodman isn’t saying whether he thinks he saved the Senate, as many of the millions who have viewed the video believe. 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Images of Goodman’s actions spread via social media and news sites, a foil to the bloody and messy scenes elsewhere at the Capitol. In the video, it quickly becomes clear that Goodman, despite his … Goodman shoves one of the rioters and walks to the right, away from the chamber. Congressman Dean Phillips was among the many who expressed their thanks to Officer Goodman: “With gratitude and reverence I salute the particular heroism of black U.S. Capitol Police officers like Officer Eugene Goodman who stared grotesque hatred directly in the eye on Wednesday and demonstrated to the world that their Black Lives Matter,” he tweeted. The mob follows, and Goodman leads them to a room where other officers wait. Goodman made the right decision under pressure, but it turned out to be an even closer call than expected. A US Capitol police officer is being called a hero for singlehandedly steering a mob away from the Senate chambers during the deadly riots. Upon reflection though, many realised that he was actually diverting the group away from a corridor leading to the Senate chamber. The mob follows, and Goodman leads them to a room where other officers wait. Get top headlines from the Union-Tribune in your inbox weekday mornings, including top news, local, sports, business, entertainment and opinion. They say he wants to maintain his privacy. In a video taken by HuffPost congressional reporter Igor Bobic, the lone officer can be seen being hounded by the mob of dozens of Trump supporters. The head of the Capitol Police union said only that Goodman didn’t want to talk to reporters. Goodman’s friends, family, buddies from the military, members of Congress and force colleagues all begged off interviews about him. Officer Eugene Goodman is being celebrated for his work last week. Two posted extremist views about the event, Pentagon officials said. He was by himself and only wielded a baton, so he had to give ground to the advancing group, which was led by a man in a QAnon sweatshirt. He turns and runs upstairs, waving the baton, as the group follows. But he certainly … But that’s about it. An AP review of records finds veterans of President Trump’s failed campaign were key players in the rally that spawned the U.S. Capitol assault. Yet, amid the uproar, a Capitol Police officer hailed as a hero for confronting the insurrectionists and diverting them from Senate chambers has remained silent. It was a staged photo op, others alleged. Upon further inspection, however, people noticed that Officer Goodman wasn’t … After diverting the mob away from the Senate, Goodman was able to lead them to a corridor of police officers outside. Goodman has kept silent. People called him brave, impressive, effective. The harrowing video went viral, with nearly 10 million views on Bobic's post as of Monday. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman took on a crowd of pro-Trump rioters as they stormed the Capitol on Wednesday. Two chairs sit on either side of an entrance to the U.S. Senate chamber, just a few steps away. Backing up and running away is weak, some said. ‘Baby Trump’ protest balloon becomes a museum piece — literally, The Trump Baby Blimp will live on long after its namesake has left the White House, Chief Justice Roberts to swear in yet another president who opposed him. Goodman stands in front of the rioters, walks backward until he reaches a collapsible baton lying on the floor and picks it up. Wilson posted a screenshot from the video of the moment Goodman glanced over and noticed the open pathway leading to the Senate chambers as the mob followed him up the stairs. CNN reporter Kristin Wilson identified Capitol police officer Eugene Goodman, who was spotted in video from Wednesday confronting a crowd of rioters after they first stormed the building. Goodman, a Black man facing an overwhelmingly White mob, is the only officer seen for a full minute of the footage, shot by reporter Igor Bobic of HuffPost. A Republican and two Democrats in the U.S. House introduced a bill Thursday to award him the Congressional Gold Medal. Eugene Goodman is a United States Capitol Police officer who is being hailed as a hero for luring a mob of protesters away from the Senate floor as they breached the U.S. Capitol building. Someday, perhaps, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will swear in a new president who doesn’t wish someone else had his job. In fact, Goodman isn’t saying anything at all publicly — not to reporters, not on social media. The mob follows, and Goodman leads them to a room where other officers wait. Mr Goodman is then seen glancing towards the Senate … They dissected the video, speculating about his strategy and decision making. Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman, identified by CNN reporter Kristin Wilson, could be seen in video footage distracting rioters away from the chamber as police raced to secure the area. Goodman stands in front of the rioters, walks backward until he reaches a collapsible baton lying on the floor, and picks it up. Goodman shoves one of the rioters and walks to the right, away from the chamber. And he’s asked the Capitol Police’s union, bosses, family and friends to help him maintain his privacy and not publicly discuss the events of Jan. 6. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman said he wanted to stay silent on the viral video showing him leading an angry mob of rioters on January 6th away from the Senate floor. In the video, the officer, who was later identified as Eugene Goodman, initially attempts to block the unobstructed corridor as the mob climbs up the stairs, then moves to the other direction, pushing one rioter in order to provoke the group into following him away from the chamber. He didn’t respond to text messages and phone calls left on potential numbers for him. Plenty of people, famous and not, suggested he had earned the Medal of Honor. In this image made from video and provided by HuffPost, Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman calls for backup as an angry mob gives chase inside the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. The time on the video is 2:14 p.m. Trump allies behind rally that ignited Capitol riot, records show. 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