Pelosi introduces bill to award Capitol Police with congressional gold medals

Ross Houston
February 14, 2021

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.

By unanimous consent, the Senate passed a measure to give the Congressional Gold Medal to officer Eugene Goodman of the US Capitol Police force. Lawmakers burst into a standing ovation for him. Mitt Romney, who was inadvertently walking toward them.

"The world learned about the incredible, incredible bravery of Officer Goodman on that fateful day", Schumer said.

"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", Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer said before recognising Goodman, who was sitting in the back of the chamber. The speaker also singled out the heroism displayed by Officer Eugene Goodman, who not only directed the violent mob away from the Senate, but also specifically redirected Republican Utah Sen.

Officer Goodman became a national hero after video shot by Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic showed his response to rioters climbing the stairs near an entrance to the US Senate chamber.

Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died in the mayhem, while two other officers who responded to the attack died afterward.

The Senate has voted unanimously to award Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman with a Congressional Gold Medal, the institution's highest civilian honor, for his actions to protect the Congress during the deadly January 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has drawn criticism on social media for his lack of respect for Capitol officer Eugene Goodman after video footage of him refusing to applaud the officer during a standing ovation went viral. Dozens of police officers were injured amid clashes with the rioters.

In a letter, Pelosi urged other members of Congress to sign on to her resolution that would grant the officers who fought back the mob on January 6 the Congressional Gold Medal. Many are struggling with the emotional trauma they experienced that day.

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