Police officer honored for protecting MPs and senators from the mob that invaded the Capitol

After hours of heated debate in the trial of former President Donald Trump, senators had a rare moment of consensus when the Senate voted yesterday to award one of the highest honors Congress could pay to one of the police officers who responded to the siege. January 6.

The Senate unanimously voted to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Officer Eugene Goodman, a member of the Capitol Police Force.

Goodman drove rioters away from lawmakers and senators as a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol as Congress convened to ratify President Joe Biden’s election victory.

In a video shown during the former president’s trial in the Senate, Goodman appears to direct Senator Mitt Romney away from the violent mob.

“Here in this trial, we watched new videos, which show calm under pressure, his courage on duty, his foresight in the chaos and his willingness to become the same target of mob anger so that others can reach out. “In a safe haven,” Chuck Sumer, the leader of the Democratic majority in the House, told the Senate plenary.

Sumer pointed to the place where Goodman was sitting, in the back of the room. The senators then stood up and applauded him standing up. Goodman put his hand on his heart for a while. The Democratic majority leader said all law enforcement officers who responded to the Capitol attack should also be honored, with senators and Goodman applauding.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell praised Goodman, saying, “If it weren’t for the quick thinking and bravery of Officer Eugene Goodman, the people in this room might not have escaped unscathed. the day”.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday tabled a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to officers of the Capitol Police Department and the Washington Metropolitan Police Department, whose officers were also summoned to Capitol building complex.

Trump, the first U.S. president to be twice tried in the Senate and the first president to stand trial since stepping down, is accused of inciting a revolt by inciting his supporters shortly before his supporters invaded the country. Capitol.

Sources: AMPE, Reuters


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