What A Difference 2 Weeks Makes for Hero Capitol Cop

Eugene Goodman escorted Vice President Kamala Harris to the inauguration
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2021 4:14 PM CST
Hero Capitol Police Officer Escorts Harris to Inauguration
Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman speaks to an angry mob inside the US Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021.   (Igor Bobic/HuffPost via AP)

(Newser) – Two weeks after he lured members of a pro-Trump mob away the Senate chamber when they stormed the US Capitol, Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman escorted incoming Vice President Kamala Harris to the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday, the Hill reports. Goodman, who is seen in video confronting rioters during the Jan. 6 attack and diverting them away from the Senate chamber, also was promoted to acting deputy Senate sergeant at arms—a top position among Capitol law enforcement, the Guardian reports.

At least five people died in the Capitol attack, including a Capitol Police officer who was beaten by the mob and died. On Tuesday, Goodman received "resounding applause" when he was announced at the inauguration, per ABC News. There is a bipartisan push among lawmakers for Goodman to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, its highest civilian honor. (Read more Inauguration Day stories.)

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