Eugene Goodman: Kamala Harris escorted by hero Capitol police officer who diverted mob

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UNSPECIFIED – JANUARY 20: In this screengrab, Doug Emhoff, and U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris arrives during the inaugural ceremonies on January 20, 2021. After being sworn in Biden will deliver an inaugural address laying out his vision to defeat the pandemic, build back better, and unify and heal the nation. (Photo by Handout/Biden Inaugural Committee via Getty Images )

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Capitol police officer hailed as a hero for his actions during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol accompanied Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at the inauguration of Harris and President-elect Joe Biden.

Officer Eugene Goodman confronted the insurrectionists and led them away from Senate chambers moments after Vice President Mike Pence was escorted from the Senate chamber as the rioters stormed the Capitol.

Goodman is a Black man and was facing an overwhelmingly white mob. He is the only officer seen for a full minute on widely circulated footage captured by a news reporter. Goodman stands in front of the rioters and walks backward as the group follows him to a second-floor hallway, where other officers finally assist him.

A police spokeswoman says Goodman’s plainclothes assignment to accompany Harris “is a ceremonial role.″

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