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Congress Proposes Bill to Award Medal to Capitol Police Officer for Luring Rioters Away

Lawmakers introduced a bill to award a Capitol Police officer for his bravery and quick thinking during last week's riots at the Capitol.

According to the bill, officer Eugene Goodman has to receive the Congressional Gold Medal for he "was the only thing standing between the mob and the United States Senate" during the riot.

Officer Goodman Hailed as Hero

Video footage by Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic, shows Eugene Goodman as the only police officer in the crowd, attempting to push the protesters back as he calls the other officers while trailing up the stairs.

Suddenly, officer Goodman stops and looks to a corridor on the left, leading to the Senate chambers. At that moment, Goodman lures protesters to the right, away from their "targets." 

When Goodman herded the rioters into a larger hall, the backup officers arrived.

According to Igor Bobic, officer Goodman led the protesters away from the Senate Chambers at 2:14 p.m., and just a minute earlier, the senators were alerted of the riot. Vice President Mike Pence remained at the Senate until 2:30 p.m.

During the weekend, the police held in custody Doug Jensen, who was chasing Eugene Goodman up the stairs during the riot. Jensen was charged with unlawfully entering the Capitol, parading in a Capitol building, disrupting government business, violent entry, and blocking law enforcement during the riot.

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