In the weeks since the mob besieged To the US Capitol, the House has sued President Donald Trump. Dozens of people have been arrested across the country for their involvement in the riots. Politicians and business leaders have condemned violence.Twitter and other social media sites have banned Trump and thousands of other accounts.
However, amid the noisy noise, state police officers were hailed as heroes in confronting the insurgents and taking them out of the Senate chamber remained silent.
Agent Eugene Goodman did not say if he thought he could help the Senate, as millions who watched the video believed it. In fact, Goodman did not speak publicly, not to journalists, not on social media. And he asked the union of commanders, family and friends of the armed forces to help keep their privacy private and not discuss the Jan. 6 incident publicly.
But the video talks about volume
Goodman, a black man facing an overwhelming white crowd, was the only officer to see a full minute of footage taken by HuffPost reporter Igor Bobic.Goodman stood in front of the rioters, walking backward, reaching a collapsible baton. Get on the floor and pick it up. “Back up … Back up!” He turned and ran upstairs, waving the club as the group followed.
Goodman called “second floor” into his radio, then glanced at half a step to the left at the top of the stairs. Two chairs sit on either side of the entrance to the US Senate Chamber, just a few steps away. Dozens of rioters were in front of him, none of the other officers were visible.
Goodman pushed one of the rioters and walked right away from the room. The crowd followed and Goodman led them to the room where the other agents were waiting.
The time on the video is 2:14 p.m. The Senate halts the hearing to begin clearing the room at 2:15 p.m.
Five people died In the riot, including one of Goodman’s fellow officers The legislature was dropped, gallows were built outside, and video showed a woman shot and killed while journalists, congressmen and officials were hiding.
Goodman’s image spread through social media and news websites, a bloody and chaotic scene elsewhere in the city hall, people called him brave, impressive, powerful. They dissected the video, speculating on his strategy and decisions.
But not all comments are kind. Some said the reserve and run were weak. It was a set shoot, the others were accused of.
Goodman was silent. He did not reply to texts and phone calls, The Associated Press left at a number possible for him. The head of the congressional police union simply said Goodman did not want to speak to journalists.Spokeswoman Eva Malecki said Capitol Police did not interview or discuss Goodman’s actions.
Public records shed light on Goodman.He served in the Army as an infantry for over four years, leaving as sergeant in December 2006 after a year in Iraq. He has been working for the Royal Thai Police since at least mid-2009.
But about it Goodman’s friends, family, friends whom he knew from the military, members of Congress and all of his colleagues asked for interviews about him. They say they want to keep their privacy.
Online and in the eyes of the vast majority of the public, Goodman is a well-known human hero and doesn’t suggest that he receives a medal of honor. Two Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House introduced a bill Thursday to give Congress the gold medal.
“If it weren’t for the swift, decisive and courageous action from Agent Goodman, the tragedy of last week’s uprising might have multiplied to a level never seen before in American history,” said Emanuel K. Lever II of Missouri.
But the representative did not respond to messages asking if they had met Goodman. In a tweet promoting the bill, they did not feature any photos of Goodman in the official uniform. But it was a picture of him facing the crowd – his eyes wide open, wearing a mask under his nose, a baton behind him.
Supporting AP News Researcher Randy Herschaft.
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