Officer Eugene Goodman: Black Capitol officer stops rioters from entering senate chambers

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Officer Eugene Goodman: Black Capitol officer stops rioters from entering senate chambers
Officer Eugene Goodman: Black Capitol officer stops rioters from entering senate chambers

Black Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman is being praised on social media for bravely stopping rioters from entering the Senate chambers during the Capitol riots on Wednesday.

Igor Bobic, Huffington Post politics reporter, tweeted a screenshot of the video of Goodman confronting protestors and leading them to a group of fellow officers.

“Looking again at the video I took of the mob storming the Senate, there’s a moment when the lead rioter looks right for a second, before continuing to follow the officer left, away from the immediate entrance to the Senate. This happened at 2:14.”

Doug Jensen, 41, has been booked in the Polk County Jail. Jensen, who was one of several people wanted in the Capitol riots, was seen on video dressed in a QAnon t-shirt and a stocking cap chasing after Goodman up a flight of stairs.

CNN correspondent Kristin Wilson shared a screenshot from the video where Goodman looked to his left down a hallway as rioters climbed up the stairs. In the shot, between the two chairs, was the entrance to the Senate floor where members of Congress were together.

Goodman shoved Jensen, who looked in the direction of the Senate entrance, and lured the rioters, who continued to follow him until they were confronted by a group of Capitol police officers, away from the entrance.

“His name is USCP Officer Eugene Goodman. Remember his name. He almost certainly saved lives on Wednesday,” Wilson tweeted. “My thanks, Officer Goodman. THANK YOU.”

Jensen faces five charges including knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted buildings or grounds without lawful authority, disrupting the orderly conduct of government building, violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building, and obstructing a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder, according to KCCI Des Moines.

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