A budding movement is gaining steam to award the lone U.S. Capitol police officer hailed as a hero in the face of an attempted coup with the government’s highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions.
Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, who is Black, was recorded on a since-viral video diverting an all-white mob of domestic terrorists away from the Senate floor after they and others violently — and illegally — broke into the U.S. Capitol while Congress convened to certify Electoral College votes from the 2020 election.
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Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman is a national hero.
Give this man the Congressional Medal of Honor. 🏅 https://t.co/r3JqwuoMDR
— Tara Setmayer (@TaraSetmayer) January 16, 2021
Nearly two weeks later, the country remained in deep gratitude to him for upholding his oath to protect and serve, something that stood in stark contrast to the potentially treasonous actions of some of his Capitol Police Department colleagues who appeared to aid and abet members of the riotous group of thugs whose actions that fateful day led to at least five deaths, including two police officers.
That’s why a bipartisan group of Congressmembers has introduced a bill to award Goodman with the Congressional Gold Medal, a distinction enjoyed by the likes of Rosa Parks, the Tuskegee Airmen and Dr. Dorothy Height, to speak nothing of the past U.S. presidents and international dignitaries who have also received the coveted prize.
“By putting his own life on the line and successfully, single-handedly leading insurrectionists away from the floor of the Senate Chamber, Officer Eugene Goodman performed his duty to protect Congress with distinction, and by his actions, Officer Goodman left an indelible mark on American history,” the legislation that was introduced by Florida Rep. Charlie Crist and Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, both Democrats, along with Republican South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace, says in part.
Vice President Mike Pence — who, along with his family, was among the elected officials hiding in the same Senate chamber Goodman lured rioters away from during the siege incited by Donald Trump — has reached out to Goodman to express how grateful he is to the police officer.
Goodman, for his part, has kept a relatively low profile since the Capitol coup waged in a purported protest of baseless and repeatedly refuted claims of election fraud. After all, his department is now being investigated for possible links to white supremacist groups as a growing number of American so-called patriots continue to be hunted down and arrested by the FBI for their roles on that fateful day.
BuzzFeed News reported that the now-fired U.S. Capitol Police chief and upper management left their officers unprepared despite having been notified of the intended coup attempt. That, in turn, left Goodman and his fellow Black Capitol police officers “especially vulnerable to a mob that had been whipped up by President Donald Trump, a man who has a record of inspiring racist vigilantes to action,” as reporter Emmanuel Felton wrote.
Multiple officers with the U.S. Capitol Police have been suspended and more than a dozen others were under investigation for possible offenses ranging from posting messages of support for the mob of domestic terrorists to “inappropriate” anti-Joe Biden activity online.
Those developments came on the backdrop of Capitol Police scrutiny that the department wasn’t properly prepared for the thousands of Trump supporters who were expected to become violent at the so-called “Stop The Steal” protest.
Video footage and photos from the Capitol siege showed several Capitol Police officers engaged in questionable activity that included one instance of taking a selfie with someone who obviously had illegally broken into and entered the U.S. Capitol.
Cops are taking selfies with the terrorists. pic.twitter.com/EjkQ83h1p2
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 6, 2021
In another instance, a Capitol Police officer could be seen with one of the people who illegally stormed the hallowed federal building and helping that person down the Capitol stairs.
Super nice of that cop to help a MAGA terrorist down the steps of the Capitol.
Are you kidding me?pic.twitter.com/oxJZCX31hj
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) January 6, 2021
All of that makes Goodman’s actions — and inactions — even more significant since, if history is any indication, he could have easily drawn and shot his service weapon at the domestic terrorists who were certainly threatening his life, a claim that become the go-to defense that white police officers routinely and successfully rely upon when they kill Black people suspected of doing far less than breaching a federal government while Congress meets to certify the next American president.Follow @â€˜magicbaltimoreâ€™
Movement To Award Capitol Police Hero Eugene Goodman The Congressional Gold Medal Gains Steam was originally published on newsone.com