That man is Officer Eugene Goodman. Footage from Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol shows that he led the mob of Trump supporters in the opposite direction of the Senate chambers after noticing it was unguarded.
CNN producer Kristin Wilson identified Goodman through U.S. Capitol Police sources. The agency has not publicly identified Goodman to CNN or other businesses.
Footage from Wednesday captured by Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic shows Goodman, the only officer among the mob, trying to repel the rebels several times while sending other officers, but they continue to track Goodman up the stairs.
At one point, Goodman arrives at a landing and looks to a time to his left. A door this time led to the Senate chambers, Wilson wrote in a tweet. Goodman then leads the rebels to the right away from the Senate chambers ̵
1; and their “goals,” Wilson said.
Goodman leads them into a larger hall, and backup officers arrive – still in the minority of rebels. Bobic stopped recording and was evacuated shortly after, he said.
Bobic said Goodman hired the rebels away from the Senate chambers at 6 p.m. 14.44 Senators were warned that protesters had broken into the Capitol building just a minute earlier, according to CNN’s timeline of events from Wednesday’s uprising. Vice President Mike Pence would not be evacuated from the Senate until 6 p.m. 14.30
The man in a hoodie seen chasing Goodman up the stairs, Doug Jensen, was arrested over the weekend for breaking into the Capitol and facing five federal charges – for illegally entering the Capitol, disrupting government activities, violent entry, parade in a Capitol -building and blocking law enforcement during the uprising.
Politicians have called on Goodman to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor or the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor to protect members of Congress.
CNN has reached out to the U.S. Capitol Police to comment on Goodman’s actions and is waiting to hear back.