Various videos emerged in the days following the January 6th uprising. Most of them were horrific, with scenes where Trump supporters beat and assaulted Capitol cops.
However, other videos showed the heroism of the officers under siege. One of these officers, Eugene Goodman, was seen using one hand to lead rioters away from lawmakers.
The next time Americans saw Goodman was on January 21, when he accompanied Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and their spouses to the inauguration. The policeman had been promoted to deputy sergeant of the Senate.
New footage of the uprising was shown during Wednesday's hearing. And this new footage showed another demonstration of Goodman's heroism. During the chaos, Senator Mitt Romney was right at the rioters. It was turned over by Officer Goodman.
Resounding applause for the entry of Eugene Goodman, the Capitol police officer who led rioters from the Senate Chamber two weeks ago during the Capitol attack. He accompanies elected Vice President Kamala Harris at the opening ceremony. https://t.co/uHC59FCV2w pic.twitter.com/WHiF1wc0cN
– ABC News (@ABC) January 20, 2021
Phillip Lewis from Huffpost shared the video, writing: "Whoa: Eugene Goodman met Mitt Romney in the hallway and told him to turn around and get to safety when the mob entered the building. Romney would run DIRECTLY against the rioters. "
Whoa: Eugene Goodman met Mitt Romney in the hallway and told him to turn around and get to safety when the mob entered the building.
Romney would run DIRECTLY against the rioters pic.twitter.com/0PX5LlxyXo
– Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 10, 2021
And Romney himself reacted to the newly found footage. Lewis continued: "Mitt Romney told reporters he didn't realize he'd gotten this close to the mob and was looking forward to thanking Officer Goodman now that he knows it was him who got him to safety. "
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