Chilling new footage presented at Donald Trump's impeachment trial this week has shown the moment heroic officer Eugene Goodman saved Sen. Mitt Romney from a hoard of rioters.
Keep scrolling to watch for yourself...
Now, the events of January 6th remain etched in the minds of us all.
As a joint session of Congress convened to formally count the Electoral College votes and certify Joe Biden's election win, lawmakers were forced to shelter in place and evacuate as pro-Trump rioters broke into the U.S Capitol Building.
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.
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 from 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.
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
The then-president was repeatedly urged to appear on national television to order his supporters to stand down.
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, all of his social media accounts were suspended indefinitely.
Over a month has passed since the events of January 6th, and people from all across the world still remain in a state of shock from what they witnessed...
But the thing that has perhaps saddened people the most was the amount of security and law enforcement working at the Capitol that day who were ruthlessly targeted by the rioters.
So many police officers and security guards had their lives needlessly put at risk.
Trump supporters hold down, surround, and beat a Capitol Police Officer during their violent insurrection.— Shaun King (@shaunking) January 10, 2021
He’s literally surrounded by Trump flags and hats.
Waiting on confirmation on whether or not this is Brian Sicknick, who was murdered by them.
This is Trump-ism. pic.twitter.com/E6OK4Q2pQC
Shocking footage even emerged of a cop being trampled and beaten by the rioters while laying helplessly on the ground.
But regardless of the risk that the police and security guards were in...
They ultimately saved so many lives on that day with their brave and heroic actions.
But one cop in particular has been praised heavily for his actions during such a dangerous moment.
USPC Officer, Eugene Goodman, was the person who faced the angry mob completely alone when they first broke into the building.
Footage began circulating on Twitter that showed how Officer Goodman dealt with the terrifying situation.
Overwhelmingly outnumbered, he could be seen slowly retreating while stopping to pick up his only armament - a baton - as he carefully backed away.
He then sprinted up the stairs...
And, using himself as bait, he ensured they didn't break into a stampede behind him - buying valuable seconds for those in the Capitol he was protecting, all while radioing for back-up that seemed an age in coming.
Goodman's quick thinking was evident when he reached the second-floor landing...
Instead of backing past the unguarded Senate Chamber door and putting the rioters on a possible collision course with members of Congress, he gave the lead protester a small shove to keep his concentration on him, thus drawing the crowd up another set of stairs, where he was finally met with reinforcements.
If it wasn't for Officer Goodman's brave and heroic actions, so many more people would have been hurt on that day...
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
And of course, he was quickly hailed as a hero by thousands of people online.
A petition was launched following the footage...
Which appealed for Officer Goodman to be granted the Medal of Honor.
"Officer Eugene Goodman recognized a critical moment where the lives of others were at stake. He courageously risked himself to divert rioters and exemplifies the courage and bravery that is the hallmark of Capital law enforcement. In a very difficult time, his character shone through," the petition reads.
"He is an American hero."
The petition, which is targeted at Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Kamala Harris, has since gained an eyewatering 100,000 signatures.
And this week, the request was granted.
After being presented with never-before-seen footage of Officer Goodman's heroic actions during Donald Trump's impeachment trial yesterday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she was planning on awarding the highest civilian honor to Goodman.
"That day, those men and women risked and gave their lives to save ours, becoming martyrs for our democracy," Pelosi wrote on Thursday. "The outstanding heroism and patriotism of our heroes... Demand our deepest appreciation."
The new footage shows the moment Goodman saved Senator Mitt Romney from the barrage of angry rioters.
Goodman can be seen running through the halls when he passed Romney exiting the Senate chamber - there is no audio on the security footage, but Goodman can be seen waving his arms at Romney, directing him to seek cover.
Romney, who had been walking quickly, breaks into a run in the opposite direction and moves out of frame.
Romney later told reporters that he didn't realize at the time that Goodman was the one who had warned him away, and that he hadn't seen the video before Democrats replayed it at the trial on Wednesday.
You can watch the terrifying moment for yourself below.
Whoa: Eugene Goodman ran into Mitt Romney in the hallway and told him to turn around and get to safety, as the mob entered the building, in new footage.— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 10, 2021
Romney was going to run DIRECTLY into the rioters pic.twitter.com/0PX5LlxyXo
Officer Goodman, you're a true hero.
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