Police officer hailed for steering U.S. Capitol mob from Senate chamber

  • Police officer hailed for steering U.S. Capitol mob from Senate chamber

Police officer hailed for steering U.S. Capitol mob from Senate chamber

The agency has not publicly identified Goodman to CNN or other outlets. The mob's advance forced Goodman to retreat up the stairs, but the footage shows him shouting "second floor" into his radio, alerting his colleagues that the mob was getting closer to the Senate.

Thousands of protesters breached the US Capitol on Wednesday in a bid to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election, clashing with police officers and forcing lawmakers to seek shelter.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump are confronted by Capitol Police officers outside the Senate chamber inside the Capitol building in Washington on January 6, 2021.

"His name is USCP Officer Eugene Goodman", wrote CNN Reporter Kristin Wilson, who covers Capitol Hill.

In the video Rep. Pascrell tweeted, Goodman is seen pushing the mob pack leader, who was later identified as Doug Jensen, focusing on Goodman and distracted from the open hallway that led to the Senate chambers, USA Today reported.

But footage of his actions quickly started trending on Twitter, and many praised Goodman for what he had done.

It is seen in one of the confrontations that Eugene Goodman comes between a rioter in a black t-shirt and the corridor that leads inside the chambers of the Senate.

"I've talked to officers, who have done two tours in Iraq, who said this was scarier to them than their time in combat", acting D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee said.

He has been fired from his job and was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday.

Another got wedged between two doors in a Capitol vestibule, where he screamed in pain as rioters tried to get the gas mask around his head off, a different officer suffered an apparent heart attack after someone used a stun gun on him six times, and a third lost the tip of his right index finger.

He's one of about 90 rioters who have been charged in connection with the riot at the Capitol building, in which five people died, including a Capitol Police officer.