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Eugene Goodman describes how On January 6, rioters pursued him around the Capitol.

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US Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman Testified in court for in first Monday time about leading rioters from fleeing senators during January 6, 2021, attack describing how he ran up stairs after a tense confrontation that began with a member of crowd who carried confederate battle flag.

Goodman, whose actions are inside building were taken that day on video that went viral says man poked it with butt end of flag and shouted: “I will not leave. Where are the members? Where do they count votes?

This man is 52-year-old Kevin Sifried – quickly joined mob chasing Goodman up stairs and away from the corridor that led to the Senate entrance used by Republicans, staff members, and ceremonial offices. of Vice President Mike Pence.

Goodman’s testimony came in federal criminal trial in Washington of Seefried and his son Hunter Seefried, 22 years old, of Laurel, Del., who accused of be among first fifteen people break building. Each did not admit his guilt, although lawyers at the trial for both men said they would not contest their guilt of offense of intrusion or picketing and parade on restricted area of ​​the Capitol. Instead, they tried to prove that they did not intend to obstruct Congress. work – what is the basis for a more serious crime charge against them.

Sometimes graphically termsGoodman described an attempt to hold police lines outside Capitol without any protection gear like rioters hurled objects in his direction. He said he beat back rioters with his baton, and he vomited after hit with pepper spray and tear gas used by the DC police. back into officers.

When the DC police arrived in riot gearGoodman revealed that he went to the infirmary set up office of visit Doctor in in the buildingcrypt, which is located under the Rotunda. But he said that soon It was to race two floors up when the police radio went out of order with reports of fight around building and the premature—at the time—anxiety that the Rotunda had been hacked.

“I could see the officers in rebellion gear with their backs are pressed again doors, and just crowd of people pressing up against them,” Goodman said. of in view outside doors of the Rotunda. Of the western front of the Capitol, an officer said: like a medieval clash between two opposing forces…between the police and the protesters.”

Goodman’s appearance on bench trial before U.S. District Judge Trevor N. McFadden just four days after U.S. Capitol Police colleague Caroline Edwards described similarly heartbreaking scenes when she testified before the House Select Committee investigating the case. events of January 6.

In prime TV reports, Edwards called building grounds that day “war zone”. She described the “sliding on peopleblood” and blinded by the bear spray as she stood next Officer Brian D. Siknik, who later suffered a stroke and died.

Good man first spoke publicly about attack in January, speaking during a podcast hosted colleague who was in the Capitol during the siege on which he relied on his military training and experience in 101st Army Airborne Division when “nothing ever went according to plan, never.”

“You never know. This could easily become a bloodbath, so respect to everyone who showed the measure. of restraint with respect to deadly force’cause it could be bad. Really very badGoodman said. in Interview posted January 24 on “3 Brothers No Sense” podcast co-hosted by Byron “Buff” Evans, friend and colleague of Goodman.

Seefrieds turned in law enforcement on On January 12, 2021, Kevin Sifried admitted to carrying a large Confederate flag to the Capitol, saying he usually keeps it. outside his home, according to an FBI complaint.

In briefing papers, Assistant U.S. Attorney Brittany L. Reid said police witnesses would say the Seefrids were part of of in first group of rioters who introduced “intention on get to the members of Congress”. group two prominent figures are included who led the prosecution and has since pleaded guilty: Douglas Jensen, who wore black coat of arms T-shirt with eagle and logo of extremist QAnon group and “QAnon Shaman” Jacob Chansley, who carried a spear and was wearing face paint and fur headdress with horns.

Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman faced the crowd that broke into the US Capitol on his own on January 6. (Video: Igor Bobich/HuffPost via plot)

Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman speaks publicly for first time since the January 6 uprising

– Where do they meet? members of shouted the crowd into the megaphone, chasing Goodman. up marble staircase, according to Goodman and video evidence provided prosecutors. Goodman led group to the Ohio Clock Corridor, tiled with mosaic tiles area outside doors leading to the Senate chamber, where he confirmed on Monday that he knew the officers were stationed to provide backup.

Elizabeth Mullin, one of Two assistant federal defenders Kevin Sifried said that while her client could be in limited area he “did not have the necessary intention” to obstruct Congress work.

‘Til it was a mistake mistake Kevin Sifried has since regretted not going. in because Congress was going to or thought votes. he didn’t go in stop anyone from confirming the election,” Mullin said.

Hunter Syfrid’s attorney, Edson Bostick, said his client “didn’t say harsh words, didn’t threaten anyone”, and was not considered a” person of anxiety” from the police.

Meet Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, Captured. in viral video facing down crowd in Capitol

Hunter acted “stupid, maybe – in terms of excitement of a young human – but not corrupt with any intent to block certification of in vote”said Bostic, “and there will be no proof show he helped or facilitated the action of any others.”

Hunter Seefried, who usually not follow politics was ‘not even sure this certification of selective votes [was] held in Capitol building on that day,” Bostick said.

Under cross-examination by U.S. attorney assistant Eugene Ohm, Goodman admitted that he didn’t tell the FBI and didn’t say earlier that he heard Kevin Sifried ask where the legislators were or where vote was counting on. Goodman said in victim impact statement provided for use on prosecutors in Cases of January 6 that after his lonely confrontation with Seefried, he “had no idea what their intentions were, and I retreated to the top of stairs.”

But Goodman explained in answer to the prosecutor’s questions that he did not mean why the rioters entered the building only that their intention was “with specifically for me.” Goodman admitted during the interrogation of the judge that Seefried could not have asked where vote was counting.

He testified that Kevin Sifried was aggressive towards him, poked him with a flagpole and that he concerned for his safety, in partly because he recognized Seefried’s teardrop tattoo as one popular with former prison cellmates.

Goodman said man in Seefrieds group said, “You’ll have to shoot me so I can’t get in,” while another said the rioters were “ready for war” and asked if Goodman was. Goodman said he didn’t hear either of Seefrieds join couple members of in group who disagree with the last person and tried to “persuade him down”.

Both Seefrieds ignored his commands to leave. buildingGoodman said. Hunter Seefried, in In particular, Goodman said: “I told him to leave. ‘You need get out of in building.’ And he says ‘Not.’ … All the time he just had that grinning look on his face, like ‘we won’ Kind of face”.

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