Days after the shocking seige of the U.S. Capitol fueled by President Donald Trump's false claims of a stolen election, new reports revealed a Capitol Police officer deliberately led the violent MAGA, QAnon and White supremacist mob away from an open door to the Senate chamber moments before armed security managed to lock it.
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.
Wilson posted a screenshot from the video of the moment Goodman glanced over and noticed the open pathway leading to the Senate chambers as the mob followed him up the stairs.
His name is USCP Officer Eugene Goodman. Remember his name. He almost certainly saved lives on Wednesday. My thank… https://t.co/0b5qRgXmyT— Kristin Wilson (@Kristin Wilson)1610294230.0
In the video, Goodman—who realized he was alone and being pursued—shoved a rioter wearing a black QAnon T-shirt who appeared to be leading the charge. QAnon is a disproven far-right conspiracy theory alleging a cabal of Satan-worshipping cannibalistic pedophiles runs a child sex-trafficking ring.
That man was later identified as Doug Jensen from Des Moines. and faces five federal charges after being arrested on Saturday.
After being shoved by Goodman, Jensen went after the USCP Officer who led the incited rioters in the opposite direction away from the accessible pathway to the Senate towards a group of arriving police officers.
Huffington Post's Igor Bobic posted one perspective of Goodman being chased by the Donald Trump supporters.
One of the photos Bobic shared of the rioters outside the Senate was posted at 2:16 p.m., according to the New York Post.
Notes from a reporter for the Washington Post mentioned access to the Senate was sealed at 2:15 p.m.—suggesting it was "mere seconds of a differential" from when the rioters stood a few feet from the then unlocked chamber door.
You can see Bobic's video of Goodman in action, below.
Here’s the scary moment when protesters initially got into the building from the first floor and made their way out… https://t.co/Q7MfKCbFE3— Igor Bobic (@Igor Bobic)1609963774.0
Steven Nelson from the New York Post shared an above perspective of Goodman at the top of the stairs outside the Senate chamber distracting Jensen and the other rioters.
Video of Capitol breakin. Trump protesters are demanding to see senators https://t.co/w7jTNYAedd— Steven Nelson (@Steven Nelson)1609960776.0
Twitter praised Goodman for how he held back and steered the mob away from the Senate chamber.
@kristin__wilson @jaketapper This is truly amazing, deserves attention/gratitude. Just imagine what the officer was… https://t.co/u5pZhvhAIe— Brent O (@Brent O)1610301639.0
@igorbobic That is amazing taping on your part, real quick thinking on Officer Goodman’s part too.— Ygritte (@Ygritte)1610315267.0
@igorbobic Amazing how you just happened to run downstairs at just the right time to capture video of lone Capitol… https://t.co/BOWENTfRbh— Ellen Streiff 🇺🇸 (@Ellen Streiff 🇺🇸)1609977588.0
@kristin__wilson He’s a hero and Patriot.— Andrew C Laufer, Esq (@Andrew C Laufer, Esq)1610294475.0
It did not go unnoticed online that Goodman was a Black cop being chased by a group of all White rioters.
@kristin__wilson This footage was the most powerful moment in U.S history. I found it..painful to watch, having see… https://t.co/4pBc37F4Gw— Jad M. Abdelsattar, MD (@Jad M. Abdelsattar, MD)1610304900.0
@igorbobic Seeing one lone Black security guard with a baton running from a mob of white protestors is the sick inv… https://t.co/syg5pN63LX— anitasvv (@anitasvv)1609964848.0
@TheViewFromLL2 @hudeatsbugs @igorbobic Quick thinking. Gr8 tactic. But to save the lives of others at his own expe… https://t.co/RZnC88kDvg— SIMONE MCDONALD (@SIMONE MCDONALD)1610260175.0
Five people died as a result of last Wednesday's pro-Trump Capitol breach. Among the deaths was Brian D. Sicknick, a USPC Officer who served overseas in the New Jersey Air National Guard in support of the war in Afghanistan.