The mob follows, and Goodman leads them to a room where other officers wait. Goodman, a Black man, was the lone officer standing between the mostly-White rioters and the Senate. Eugene Goodman is a war veteran. Upon further inspection, however, people noticed that Officer Goodman wasn’t … Goodman stands in front of the rioters, walks backward until he reaches a collapsible baton lying on the floor and picks it up. After diverting the mob away from the Senate, Goodman was able to lead them to a corridor of police officers outside. Since Goodman was identified, the Capitol police officer is being hailed as a hero for defending the Capitol. Since a mob laid siege to the U.S. Capitol, the House has impeached President Trump, dozens of people have been arrested over participation in the riot, and politicians and business leaders are loudly condemning the violence. 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. In a tweet promoting the bill, they show not a formal photo of Goodman in uniform but an image of him facing the mob — his eyes wide open, mask down below his nose, baton behind him. But he certainly … Goodman shoves one of the rioters and walks to the right, away from the chamber. People called him brave, impressive, effective. Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman escorted Vice President Kamala Harris into the Capitol building Wednesday ahead of the inauguration ceremony. The head of the Capitol Police union said only that Goodman didn’t want to talk to reporters. Public records shed a little light on Goodman. As seen on previously reported video, a man now identified as United States Capitol Officer Eugene Goodman faced off with the group. “Back up ... back it up!” he yells, keeping his eyes on the mob. 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. Twelve U.S. National Guard members are removed from securing Biden’s inauguration. Images of Goodman’s actions spread via social media and news sites, a foil to the bloody and messy scenes elsewhere at the Capitol. Bobic was inside the Capitol when he came upon Goodman, by himself, confronting a large crowd of rioters. A Black police officer is being celebrated for his efforts during the attack on the Capitol building, and for potentially saving lives. 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Goodman made the right decision under pressure, but it turned out to be an even closer call than expected. 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 raced up a stairway, radioing other officers his position. The time on the video is 2:14 p.m. 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. He served in the Army as an infantryman for more than four years, leaving with the rank of sergeant in December 2006 after a year in Iraq. Someday, perhaps, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will swear in a new president who doesn’t wish someone else had his job. Mr Goodman is then seen glancing towards the Senate … Get top headlines from the Union-Tribune in your inbox weekday mornings, including top news, local, sports, business, entertainment and opinion. Goodman stands in front of the rioters, walks backward until he reaches a collapsible baton lying on the floor, and picks it up. 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. Goodman shoves one of the rioters and walks to the right, away from the chamber. The lone cop was identified as Eugene Goodman by CNN reporter Kristin Wilson and is being hailed a hero on social media after a video of him distracting the mob went viral. 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. 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. 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