Eugene Goodman, a Capitol Police officer who was captured on video facing down members of the mob that breached the Capitol on Jan. 6 and diverting them from getting into the Senate chamber and probably saving lives, has been elevated to function the No. 2 safety official within the Senate for the inaugural occasions on Wednesday.
Because the appearing deputy Senate sergeant-at-arms, Officer Goodman, a Black man who fended off a largely white throng, is a part of the official escort accompanying Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to the platform outdoors the Capitol the place she shall be sworn into the nation’s second-highest workplace.
Officer Goodman, who was filmed and photographed luring the mob away from the unguarded doorways to the Senate chamber a minute earlier than they had been locked, has been hailed as a hero on Capitol Hill for stopping the invaders from breaching the chamber whereas senators had been nonetheless inside. Officer Goodman’s actions gave the lawmakers time to evacuate to a safe location earlier than the rioters might enter.
A bipartisan trio of lawmakers has launched laws that may award Officer Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal for his bravery throughout the rampage.