This man is Officer Eugene Goodman. Footage of Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol showed him leading a crowd of Trump supporters in the opposite direction to Senate chambers after he noticed it was unguarded.
CNN producer Christine Wilson identified Goodman through sources from the US Capitol Police. The agency did not publicly identify Goodman to CNN or other retailers.
Footage from Wednesday, taken by Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic, shows Goodman, the only officer in the crowd, trying to repel the rebels several times while broadcasting other officers, but they continue to chase Goodman up the stairs.
At one point, Goodman arrives at the site and looks down the hall to the left. A door in the hallway led to the Senate Chamber, Wilson tweeted. Goodman then led the rebels to the right, away from the Senate chambers ̵
1; and their “targets,” Wilson said.
Goodman took them to a larger hall, and officers from the duplication arrived, still outnumbered by the rebels. Bobic stopped recording and was evacuated shortly afterwards, he said.
Bobich said Goodman drove the rebels away from the Senate at 2:14 p.m. Senators had been warned that protesters had violated the Capitol building just a minute earlier, according to a chronology of CNN events since Wednesday’s riot. Vice President Mike Pence will be evacuated from the Senate by 2:30 p.m.
The hooded man seen chasing Goodman up the stairs, Doug Jenson, was arrested over the weekend for breaking into the Capitol and faces five federal charges – illegal entry into the Capitol, disruption of government business, forced entry, parade in a Capitol building, and blocking law enforcement during the riot.
Political figures have called for Goodman to be honored with a Congressional Medal of Merit or a Medal of Valor for a public safety officer to protect members of Congress.
CNN has contacted U.S. Capitol police for comment on Goodman’s actions and is waiting to respond.