Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman

Officer Eugene Goodman stopped rioters from entering the chambers of the United States Senate. Photo: Ashley Gilbertson

Black Officer Hailed for Saving Senate Lives

Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman
Officer Eugene Goodman stopped rioters from entering the chambers of the United States Senate. Photo: Ashley Gilbertson

Among the unsung heroes of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol was Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman.

Goodman, seen in a viral video luring a mob of white terrorists up the broad marble stairways, drew them away from the entrance to the Senate. After noticing the unobstructed hallway that leads to the Senate chamber and attempting to block an open door, he used his baton to push rioter Doug Jensen and encouraged the mob to chase him—in the opposite direction from the entry to the Senate.

Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J., tweeted on Monday, “As trump’s fascist mob ransacked the US Capitol, this brave USCP officer kept murderous rioters away from the Senate chamber and saved the lives of those inside. God bless him for his courage.”

Jensen, from Des Moines, IA, was later arrested by the FBI on five federal charges and has been fired from his job with a masonry company.

Officer Eugene Goodman is an American hero who should be named, honored, and remembered by all patriots.

Black Officers Terrorized

While it was a hard day for almost every officer at the Capitol, Black officers described a harrowing day in which they were forced to endure racist abuse—including repeatedly being called the n-word—as they tried to do their job of protecting the Capitol building.

Officers shared stories of fighting off an invading force that their managers had downplayed and not prepared them for. They had all been issued gas masks, for example, but management didn’t tell them to bring them in on January 6.

While some of the images from that day appeared to show officers standing by to let the mob into the Capitol building, a veteran officer said they fought rioters off for two hours before the mob eventually gained access.

One officer described how he was forced to engage in hand-to-hand combat with the rioters, some of whom hurled Blue Lives Matter flags at him. “We were getting pepper sprayed in the face by those protesters, I’m not going to even call them protesters, by those domestic terrorists.”

The rioters were prepared to overtake the building, and even to capture and kill Congress members. “That was a heavily trained group of militia terrorists that attacked us,” said the officer. “They had radios … they had two-way communicators and earpieces. They had bear spray. They had flash bangs … They were prepared. They strategically put two IEDs, pipe bombs, in two different locations. These guys were military trained. A lot of them were former military,” the officer said.

Another officer, who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation, described coming face to face with police officers from across the country in the mob. He said some of them flashed their badges, telling him to let them through, that this was all part of a movement that was supposed to help.

“We were telling them to back up and get away and stop, and they’re telling us they are on our side, and they’re doing this for us. They’re saying this as I’m getting punched in my face by one of them … That happened to a lot of us,” said the officer.

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