Eugene Goodman, the Capitol police officer who led rioters out of the Senate Chamber on January 6, accompanied Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at the inauguration on Wednesday.
Goodman is the acting deputy sergeant of the Senate, which is why he accompanied Harris.
Goodman went viral this month after a video showed him leading a pro-Trump mob away from the Senate and potentially saving lives during the January 6 deadly riots in the U.S. Capitol.
In the video, Goodman nudges a member of the crowd, a man wearing a black QAnon shirt that was later identified as Des Moines’ Doug Jensen.
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As a result, Jensen pursued Goodman, who led him and the mob away from the Senate. The mob followed him into a group of police officers in a back corridor outside the Senate. Jensen was later arrested by the FBI on five federal charges.
Legislation was introduced to award a Congressional gold medal to Goodman.
Harris will be sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday and will swear her oath on two Bibles. One belongs to Thurgood Marshall, the first black Supreme Court judge and a civil rights icon. The other Bible belongs to Regina Shelton, a neighbor and kindergarten operator who was like a second mother to Harris and her adult sister Maya.
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