WASHINGTON – US Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, who was identified as protecting members of Congress during the attack on the US Capitol Jan. He met men who were standing in front of the mob.
Goodman testified in the grand jury trial of Doug Jensen, an Iowa man wearing a “QAnon” shirt who was among the first 10 people to enter the Capitol through a broken window on Jan. 6, according to the video and Department of Justice. Jensen was charged with multiple crimes, including misdemeanor charges of civil disorder, obstruction of official proceedings and assault, resisting or obstructing officers.
After the attack, Goodman, an Army veteran, escorted Vice President Kamala Harris during the inauguration and was honored by Congress for his actions on Jan.
The video, recorded by HuffPost reporter Igor Bobic, went viral on Jan. 6, shows Jensen leading the group as Goodman is outnumbered trying to fight back, but the group moves forward and chases Goodman down the stairs.
Goodman told jurors that he had been with the Capitol Police for 15 years, and said he was first deployed to Iraq with the Army. He said he arrived at the Capitol building around 5 a.m. on January 6 and saw that pro-Trump protesters had already arrived at the European Union Station near President Donald Trump’s speech.
Goodman is tasked with naming the Capitol rotunda, guarding the path senators and House members will take as they move between chambers during the 2020 presidential election, which requires a joint session of Congress. Goodman filled in some of the details of his day before the events in the viral video, telling jurors he went outside and grabbed someone — one of the first people taken into custody that day — riding a truck before it crashed. he returned to the west side of the Capitol, where he described a “midcentury” fight as rioters “fight and punch” police.
Goodman said he found himself holding pepper spray in one hand and the police in the other hand facing violence. He was hit in the face with bear spray and tear gas used by law enforcement, he said. When more officers arrived, he was able to get inside the segregation area, where he described throwing a bucket before returning outside.
He said there were “seemingly thousands” of police overruns on all floors. He then went back to the rotunda after hearing that the Senate was adjourned and started walking towards the Senate, where he met Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah. Video released during Trump’s second impeachment hearing showed Goodman ordering Romney to turn around shortly after the group broke into the building.
Goodman described hitting a man with a Confederate flag. He also said he had his gun in his hand when he encountered the riot at the bottom of the stairs, which he said was rare.
“I’ve been punched. I have nowhere to go but the stairs at this point,” he said. He recalled telling Jensen that he would shoot if he was attacked. Jensen replied to the effect “do what you’re doing,” Goodman said.
“He just got closer,” Goodman said. “I felt like they were rushing all the time.”
Goodman testified that he was on the job from midnight to Jan. 7, helping to clear the rooms and get the senator out of hiding. The Senate itself has gone through special operations by K-9 units and bomb squads so that Congress can resume its work, Goodman said.
Jensen has been in jail since last year. He was released under a strong pretrial detention program, but a judge ordered him jailed again last year after he was found alone in his garage using an iPhone to stream online discussions of MyPillow founder Mike Lindell about the presidential election. 2020, in violation of his release conditions. (The FBI recently seized Lindell’s cell phone at a Hardee’s.)
Two days after the attack on Jan. 6, Jensen told the FBI how he believed in conspiracy theories about the election and various other topics, even asking special agents if the Washington Monument was “supposed to be a big dick.” Jensen said that he was the “conspiratorial bone of the operation” and that he regularly checked the QAnon forums.
“Whenever Q always says something, it always happens,” Jensen said. “Whenever Q said something, it was always true.” (None of the substantial predictions attributed to the mysterious Q account have come true.)
In opening arguments on Tuesday, Jensen’s defense attorney, Christopher Davis, argued that the evidence in the case will show that his client really believes in QAnon, that the “wind” came on Jan. 6 and that law enforcement will arrest corrupt politicians. He told jurors to expect to see footage of Jensen telling officers to do their jobs during the trial.
“He believed they had to do it,” Davis continued, adding that Jensen thought martial law would be declared on Jan. 6.
“It’s not very sophisticated,” Davis added, saying his client went down a rabbit hole when he absorbed conspiracy theories on the Internet.
Davis stressed, however, that jurors will not see his client lay hands on someone and ask them to separate Jensen from the events of the day and judge who he is.
He also said Jensen regularly carries a pocket knife, which he did both at the Capitol on Jan. 6 and when he talked to the FBI, because he is a construction worker.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily Allen said in opening arguments that Jensen was “well aware” in December 2020 of the possibility of violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
“I really thought I was in the White House at first. I know it sounds stupid,” Jensen told the FBI, adding that he immediately “knew I was in the Capitol.”
Allen argued that Jensen knew where he was when he entered the building.
“Sir. Jensen knew he was at the Capitol,” Allen said.
The FBI has arrested more than 850 suspects in connection with the January 6 attack. This week, it announced the arrest of five members of the far-right group America First, accusing them of breaking into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s conference room.
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