A police officer has been hailed as hero after leading rioters away from the unlocked entrance to the Senate chamber...
Now, it's safe to say that it's been a chaotic few days in the world of U.S politics.As the plans for Biden's presidency unfold, tensions among the pro-Trump community have escalated.
And, while it took weeks for the president himself to concede to Biden...His supporters have continued to fuel the flames behind his various election fraud allegations.
And on Wednesday last week, those tensions reached a breaking point.
JUST IN: The entire DC National Guard has been activated by the Department of Defense following a pro-Trump mob bre… https://t.co/mEqRTqbOMh— CNN (@CNN)1609967074.0
Hundreds of rioters forced their way into the prestigious building...Breaking windows, doors, and furniture along with chants of "stop the steal!"
The rioters took over several of the rooms and chambers in the building...And photos showing them looting objects, such as the lectern of U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, quickly started circulating online.
A group of rioters even broke into Pelosi's office...With one posing in her chair with his feet up on the desk.
From this, more violence ensued...
BREAKING: Clashes reported inside the U.S. Capitol building https://t.co/2twyZAD6wJ— BNO News (@BNO News)1609961543.0
The scenes shocked people all over the globe...And the world watched on, transfixed, as more and more rioters continued to spill into the Capitol and clash with police.
Shortly afterward, it was confirmed that there had been fatalities within the Capitol.Chief Robert Contee III of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, confirmed the news during a press conference.
It quickly emerged that one female rioter had been shot dead by police...
Washington, D.C., Police Chief Robert Contee said Wednesday's events included four fatalities: a woman who was shot… https://t.co/246Qok143t— USA TODAY (@USA TODAY)1610011920.0
From the get-go, there were calls for Trump to intervene.
You’ve caused this, get on TV immediately and stop it - before people start being killed. https://t.co/59dqsiXEaK— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1609962613.0
He instead issued a series of tweets...Where he reminded the rioters that the police and law enforcement was "on our side," and to "remain peaceful."
Hours after his supporters had stormed the Capitol, however, Trump finally released a video telling them:"Go home, we love you, you’re very special." Shortly afterward, his Twitter account was suspended indefinitely.
Days on from the violence, people from all across the world remain in a state of shock from what they witnessed...
But the the actions of those at the riots haven't come without big consequences - including positive ones.
One Capitol police officer has been praised for his actions that day.
After he led protestors away from the unlocked Senate chamber.
Video footage captured the officer seemingly directing the rioters away from the corridor that leads to the Senate.
The place that lawmakers were at the time, preparing to certify Joe Biden's presidency.
The video footage shows the officer, who was later identified as Eugene Goodman, glance towards the Senate entrance as rioters approach.
He then makes the decision to divert them.
Goodman confronts the man at the front of the rioters, who is seemingly leading them.
One more detail about the chase up the Senate steps by a mob carrying a Confederate flag: it happened in front of portrait of Sen. Blanche Kelso Bruce, a Mississippi Republican who was the first Black senator to serve a full term, during Reconstruction pic.twitter.com/qaOtvl7bka— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 11, 2021
After glancing towards the Senate entrance, he pushes the protestor away, deterring the path of the protestors.
The footage was shared online by Igor Bobic, a reporter for the HuffPost, who pointed out that the video was taken at 2.14pm.
Looking again at the video I took of the mob storming the Senate, there’s a moment when the lead rioter looks right for a second, before continuing to follow the officer left, away from the immediate entrance to the Senate. This happened at 2:14. pic.twitter.com/8oetsPvhIb— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 10, 2021
LadBible reports that according to notes taken by a Washington Post reporter inside the chamber, the Senate was sealed at 2.15pm.
The footage has been seen by many, including democratic Congressman Dean Phillips who took to Twitter to praise Goodman.
With gratitude and reverence I salute the particular heroism of black U.S. Capitol Police officers like Officer Eugene Goodman who stared grotesque hatred directly in the eye on Wednesday and demonstrated to the world that their Black Lives Matter.— Rep. Dean Phillips 🇺🇸 (@RepDeanPhillips) January 10, 2021
📸: @nytimes pic.twitter.com/pfPzjWrE80
He wrote, "With gratitude and reverence I salute the particular heroism of black U.S. Capitol Police officers like Officer Eugene Goodman who stared grotesque hatred directly in the eye on Wednesday and demonstrated to the world that their Black Lives Matter."
You can watch the video here:
If you want to read more about last Wednesday's riot, scroll on...
Here’s the scary moment when protesters initially got into the building from the first floor and made their way outside Senate chamber. pic.twitter.com/CfVIBsgywK— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 6, 2021