officer Eugene Goodman hailed as ‘a hero’

A US Capitol police officer is being called a hero for singlehandedly steering a mob away from the Senate chambers during the deadly riots. Footage of the officer, identified as Eugene Goodman, shows him just steps ahead of rioters as they chase him up a flight of stairs. Mr Goodman is then seen glancing towards the Senate entrance before luring the men in the opposite direction. Five people, including a police officer, died as a result of the riots. Another officer who was on duty during the siege died by suicide this weekend, his family said. The show of bravery from Mr Goodman, reportedly an Army veteran who spent time in Iraq, comes amid criticism of Capitol Police for apparent security failures during the storming of the Capitol.

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On Monday night, the department said two of its officers had been suspended and more than a dozen others were under investigation for suspected inappropriate involvement with the rioters. New York Law School criminal law professor and 20-year veteran of the New York City Police Department Kirk Burkhalter called Mr Goodman’s response to rioters “tremendous”. “I don’t think there was any type of training that would prepare you for that situation,” Mr Burkhalter said. In the video shot by Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic, Mr Goodman, who is black, is antagonised by the group of Trump supporters — who are all white men. The man at the front of the pack, wearing a QAnon T-shirt, has been identified as Doug Jensen of Iowa. He was later arrested by local police and the FBI for his role in the riots.

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Last Updated January 13, 2021, 13:56 (UTC)
Created January 13, 2021, 13:54 (UTC)
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