Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman provides new details on January 6 at the Qanoon Momen trial

Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman provides new details on January 6 at the Qanoon Momen trial

U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, who is credited with protecting members of Congress during the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, by diverting rioters off the Senate floor, testified Wednesday at a senator’s trial. The men who led the mob confronted them.

Goodman testified in a jury trial of Doug Jensen, an Iowa man in a “QAnon” shirt who was among the first 10 people to enter the Capitol through a broken window on Jan. 6, according to a video and Justice Department. Jensen is accused of numerous crimes, including the felony of disturbing civil order, obstructing official proceedings and assaulting and resisting or obstructing officers.

After the attack, Goodman, an Army veteran, escorted Vice President Kamala Harris to the inauguration and was honored by Congress for his actions on January 6, when he led the mob away from the Senate floor while members were still evacuated.

Video filmed by HuffPost reporter Igor Bobic, which went viral on January 6, shows Jensen leading the crowd as the outnumbered Goodman tries to persuade them to turn back, but the mob moves forward and chases Goodman down the stairs.

Goodman told jurors that he had been with the Capitol Police for 15 years and that he was previously deployed to Iraq with the military. He described arriving at the Capitol complex at about 5 a.m. on Jan. 6 and seeing that pro-Trump protesters were already arriving at Union Station nearby as they made their way to President Donald Trump’s speech.

Goodman has been tasked with running the Capitol, to guard senators and members of the House of Representatives as they move between rooms during the ratification of the 2020 presidential election, which would require a joint session of Congress. Goodman filled out some details of what his day was like before the events in the viral video, telling the jury that he went out and took a detainee — one of the first people arrested that day — to a pick-up truck before him. He returned to the west side of the Capitol, where a battle he described as “medieval” was unfolding as rioters “fight and beat” the police.

Goodman said he found himself with pepper spray in one hand and a truncheon in the other while police confronted the rioters. He said he was hit in the face by bear spray and hit with tear gas canisters deployed by law enforcement. As more officers arrived, he was able to enter the triage area, where he described how he vomited into a bucket before turning back outside.

He said a crowd of what appeared to be “thousands” were overpowering the police and climbing all over the scaffolding. He then returned to the Rotunda after hearing that the Senate had been hacked and began making his way to the side of the Senate, where he met Senator Mitt Romney, Utah. Video released During Trump’s second impeachment trial, it showed Goodman directing Romney to turn around after a mob infiltrated the building.

Goodman described being stabbed by a man with a Confederate flag. He also said he put his hand on his rifle when he encountered rioters at the bottom of the stairs, which he said he rarely does.

He said, “I’m trapped. I only have the stairs at this point.” He remembers telling Jensen that he would shoot if he was attacked. Jensen replied with something that said, “Do what you have to do,” Goodman said.

“He kept getting close,” Goodman said. “I felt like they would rush out at any time.”

Goodman testified that he stayed at work after midnight until January 7, helping clean rooms and getting a senator out of a bunker office. Goodman said the Senate itself passed raids by K-9 units and bomb squads so that Congress could resume its work.

Jensen has been in pretrial detention since last year. He was released into an intensive pre-trial release program, but the judge arrest warrant Back last year after it was He discovered alone in his garage Using an iPhone to broadcast MyPillow founder Mike Lindell’s webinar on the 2020 presidential election, in violation of the terms of his release. (The FBI recently seized Lendell’s mobile phone at Hardee’s.)

Smoke fills the walkway outside the Senate chamber as supporters of President Donald Trump, including Doug Jensen, center, face Capitol police officers on Jan. 6, 2021.
Smoke fills the walkway outside the Senate chamber as supporters of President Donald Trump, including Doug Jensen, center, face Capitol police officers on Jan. 6, 2021.Manuel Balce Ceneta Profile / AP

Two days after the January 6 attack, Jensen He told the FBI How he came to believe conspiracy theories about elections and a variety of other topics, he even asked private agents if the Washington Monument was “supposed to be a giant penis.” Jensen said he was a “conspiracy lunatic at work” and that he was regularly reviewing the QAnon forums.

“Every time Q says something, it always happens,” Jensen said. “Every time Q said anything, it was always true.” (None of the concrete expectations attributed to the unknown Q account came to fruition.)

In opening arguments Tuesday, Jensen’s defense attorney, Christopher Davis, argued that the evidence in the case would prove that his client truly believed in Qunun, that “a storm” had arrived on January 6 and that law enforcement would arrest corrupt politicians. He told jurors to expect to watch a video of Jensen asking officers to do their job throughout the trial.

“He thought they were obligated to do that,” Davis continued, adding that Jensen believed martial law would be imposed on January 6.

“He’s not terribly sophisticated,” Davis added, saying his client fell down a rabbit hole when he was drawn into online conspiracy theories.

However, Davis stressed that jurors would not see his client reaching out to anyone and asking them to separate Jensen from the events of the day and judge him on his identity.

He also said that Jensen regularly carries a knife, which he did at the Capitol on January 6, and when he spoke with the FBI, because he is a construction worker.

Assistant US Attorney Emily Allen said in opening arguments that Jensen was “well aware” by December 2020 of the potential for violence at the Capitol on January 6.

“Honestly I thought I was in the White House at first. I know it sounds stupid,” Jensen He told the FBIadding that he soon “realized that I was in the Capitol.”

Allen argued that Jensen had discovered his whereabouts when he entered the building.

“Mr. Jensen knew he was in the Capitol,” Allen said.

The FBI has arrested more than 850 defendants in connection with the January 6 attack. This week, it announced the arrest of five members of the far-right “America First” group, for allegedly entering the conference room of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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