Shocking new footage shows a police officer being yanked out of the building and beaten with a flagpole bearing the American flag, as it emerged that inside the building the quick-thinking by another officer likely avoided an extremely dangerous situation.
The footage, circulating online, shows the moment the officer was hauled out of a door on Wednesday afternoon, and set upon by the frenzied mob of Donald Trump‘s supporters.
The officer, believed to be from the DC Metropolitan Police, was flung face first onto the steps and set upon by rioters, who beat him while he was lying defenseless.
One used a black baton on him. Another man is seen giving the middle finger to officers still inside the building, desperately trying to keep the mob back.
The unnamed officer is dragged from the building, as rioters look down to him at their feet
Eugene Goodman is seen running away from the mob, leading them from the Senate
The officer dragged from the Capitol has not been identified, but is believed to be a member of the DC Metropolitan Police, not the Capitol Police.
Brian Sicknick, 42, died in the chaos
DailyMail.com has asked both Capitol Police and DC Metropolitan Police for comment, but the forces are yet to respond.
One Capitol Police officer, Brian Sicknick, died Thursday night from injuries suffered during the riot. Sicknick, 42, was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher during a struggle, two law enforcement officials told Associated Press.
A second member of the Capitol Police, Howard Liebengood, was on duty on Wednesday and died by suicide on Saturday.
Four rioters also died – one woman shot by Capitol Police, and three during medical emergencies. One of those was apparently trampled in the melee.
A baying mob was outside the Capitol on Wednesday as some managed to burst inside
Rioters scaled the walls and dragged one officer outside, beating him with flags and flagpoles
Teargas was eventually deployed to push the rioters back from the Capitol
Amid the carnage, an incredible story of bravery emerged.
Eugene Goodman was filmed by a reporter alone, trying to fend off the ferocious crowd as they stormed the building.
Armed apparently only with a baton, he is charged by the mob, with Doug Jensen, 41, of Des Moines, Iowa, leading the charge in a QAnon hoodie. Jensen was arrested on Saturday.
Goodman appears to have noticed that the rioters came right up to the entrance of an open door leading straight to the Senate.
At that moment, 2:15pm, according to a detailed analysis by The Washington Post, the Senate doors were unlocked as security tried frantically to protect the Senators inside.
Goodman is seen glancing to his left, and seeing the door is unlocked.
He then shoves the advancing Jensen and runs away, provoking Jensen to follow him.
An enraged Jensen runs after him and away from the unlocked Senate door, with the mob following.
At 2:16pm the Senate chamber door was locked.
Goodman was widely praised on social media, with mounting calls for him to be awarded the Medal of Valor or Medal of Honor.
‘Thank you, Officer Eugene Goodman,’ tweeted Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King.
Benjamin Crump, the crusading civil rights lawyer known for representing the families of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and others, heaped praise on the officer.
‘Eugene Goodman deserves the Medal of Valor!’ he said.
‘He could have stepped aside and let Trump insurgents get to the Senate chamber while Senators were still there. Instead, this heroic officer got them to follow him the other direction, giving lawmakers time to escape!’
And Jaime Harrison, former candidate for the Senate representing South Carolina, said he may have single-handedly ‘saved our Republic’.
‘The word hero does not appropriately describe officer Eugene Goodman,’ he said.
‘His judgment & heroism may have saved our Republic.
‘I hope consider him for the Congressional Medal of Honor. It is the least we can do.’