Pelosi wants to award gold medal for police at Capitol

Eugene Goodman steered rioters away from lawmakers as a pro Trump mob rampaged through the Capitol

Goodman was in the Senate chamber as Schumer spoke, and the entire Senate stood and turned toward him, giving him a standing ovation.

The legislation comes after another video of Officer Goodman's heroism during the riots was made public during the impeachment trial of former-president Donald Trump.

The Senate voted to award Mr Goodman the medal - the highest honour Congress can bestow - by unanimous consent, meaning there were no objections. Rand Paul refusing to clap for Officer Eugene Goodman during a standing ovation on the Senate floor on Friday.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell also praised Goodman, saying: "If not for the quick thinking and bravery of Officer Eugene Goodman in particular, the people in this chamber may not have escaped that day unharmed".


A day after Democrats presented chilling new video footage of the January 6 attack on the Capitol at former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday that she will introduce a resolution to give the Congressional Gold Medal - Congress's highest civilian honor - to Capitol Police officers who protected lawmakers during the deadly siege. "Here in this trial, we saw a new video, powerful video showing calmness under pressure, his courage in the line of duty, his foresight in the midst of chaos and his willingness to make himself a target of the mob's rage so that others might reach safety".

"I was very fortunate indeed that Officer Goodman was there to get me in the right direction", Romney told reporters later.

Pelosi lauded Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, who was seen in the new footage diverting the rioters from entering the Senate chamber and alerting Sen.

Five people died when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, including U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, 42, who was struck in the head by a fire extinguisher. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, to safety when he was unknowingly heading toward the mob. Two other officers died by suicide in the days following the insurrection. Our heartfelt gratitude extends to each and every one of them, particularly now as members of the force continue to bear scars seen and unforeseen from the events that much disgraceful day.

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