Shocking new footage shows a police officer being ripped out of the building and beaten with the American flag with a flagpole when it emerged that the quick thinking of another cop in the building may have saved the Senators' lives.
The footage circulated online shows the moment the first officer was dragged out a door on Wednesday afternoon and attacked by the maddening crowd of Donald Trump's supporters.
On Sunday evening, fears increased that another violent riot was planned for January 17 – Trump's last weekend in office – after analysts discovered plans were being discussed online.
In the clip, the officer, believed to be from the DC Metropolitan Police, was thrown face first onto the steps and attacked by rioters who beat him while he was defenseless.
One used a black baton. Another man gives officials who are still in the building the middle finger and tries desperately to hold back the mob.
The nameless officer is dragged out of the building while rioters look down at him at their feet
Eugene Goodman runs away from the mob and leads them out of the Senate
Brian Sicknick, 42, died in chaos
The officer withdrawn from the Capitol has not been identified, but is believed to be a member of the DC Metropolitan Police rather than the Capitol Police.
DailyMail.com has requested comments from both Capitol Police and DC Metropolitan Police, but the armed forces have yet to respond.
A Capitol police officer, Brian Sicknick, died Thursday night as a result of the riot. Sicknick, 42, was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher during a fight, two police officers told the Associated Press.
A second member of the Capitol Police, Howard Liebengood, was on duty Wednesday and died of suicide on Saturday.
Four rioters also died – a woman shot by the Capitol Police and three in medical emergencies. One of them was apparently trampled in hand-to-hand combat.
A barking mob was outside the Capitol on Wednesday when some managed to burst into it
Rioters climbed the walls, dragged an officer outside, and hit him with flags and flagpoles
Teargas was eventually used to push the rioters back from the Capitol
Around the same time the cop was pulled out of the Capitol and attacked, Trump taped a video saying he "loved" the rioters.
The video was later removed from Twitter and Trump has since been banned from social media for his branding comments.
In the midst of the carnage, an incredible story of valor emerged.
Eugene Goodman was filmed alone by a reporter trying to fend off the wild crowd as they stormed the building.
Apparently armed only with a baton, the crowd charges him with Doug Jensen, 41, of Des Moines, Iowa, leading the charges in a QAnon hoodie. Jensen was arrested on Saturday.
Goodman appears to have noticed that the rioters came to the entrance of an open door that led directly to the Senate.
At that moment, 2:15 p.m., according to a detailed analysis by the Washington Post, the doors of the Senate were unlocked as security forces desperately tried to protect the senators inside.
Goodman looks to the left and sees the door unlock.
Then he pushes the advancing Jensen and runs away, causing Jensen to follow him.
An angry Jensen runs after him and away from the unlocked Senate door, followed by the crowd.
At 2:16 p.m. the door of the Senate Chamber was locked.
Doug Jensen was arrested Saturday after leading the mob against Eugene Goodman
Jensen, a QAnon fanatic, was inspired by the conspiracy theory for carrying out the violent attack
Goodman received widespread praise on social media and there was increasing demand for him to be awarded the Medal of Valor or the Medal of Honor.
"Thank you, Officer Eugene Goodman," tweeted Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King.
Benjamin Crump, the civil rights crusade attorney known for representing the families of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and others, praised the officer highly.
"Eugene Goodman deserves the Medal of Valor!" he said.
He could have stepped aside and let Trump insurgents into the Senate Chamber while the Senators were still there. Instead, this heroic officer made them follow him the other way so lawmakers could have time to flee! & # 39;
And Jaime Harrison, a former South Carolina Senate candidate, said he may have single-handedly "saved our republic."
"The word hero doesn't adequately describe officer Eugene Goodman," he said.
“His judgment and heroism may have saved our republic.
I hope he will be considered for the Congressional Medal of Honor. It's the least we can do. & # 39;
And serious questions were asked about how ill-prepared the Capitol Police and DC Metropolitan Forces were for the attack.
A new analysis of social media posts by the Alethea Group, an anti-disinformation organization whose name derives from the Greek word for "truth", found numerous indications of impending plans on a number of platforms, some for the inauguration by Joe Biden on January 20th and others scheduled for Trump's final weekend in office – January 17th.
"REFUSAL OF SILENCE," read an online post cited by the Alethea Group, calling for an "armed march on Capitol Hill and all state capitals" on January 17th, the last Sunday of Trump's presidency.
Another post called for action at DC & All State Capitols and was signed by "common people tired of being trespassed": "We've been warned!"