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Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman Testifies In Court Against January 6 Rioter


Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman testified in court on Monday in a trial of a Delaware man accused of storming the U.S. Capitol with a Confederate flag on Jan. 6, 2021.

Kevin Seefried and his son, Hunter, are charged with obstruction of an official proceeding and disorderly conduct over their participation within the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. They were amongst a bunch of rioters who first broke into the constructing and charged up a set of stairs near the Senate entrance, resisting Goodman’s orders to stop advancing.

Seefried “used the bottom of a flag pole in jabbing motion to create space between him and I,” Goodman said Monday, based on Lawfare editor Roger Parloff. The defendant was indignant and demanded to know where members of Congress were hiding, the officer added.

Goodman’s quick pondering was credited with leading the boys away from the doors to the chamber, which held nearly every U.S. senator. The incredible moment was captured on video by a HuffPost reporter. The officer later was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal

Each Seefried and his son have pleaded not guilty. They’ve waived their right to jury trial and U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden will as a substitute try their case.

Seefried told the FBI that he threatened Goodman, saying: “After which I threw my stick down. I said, ‘You may shoot me, man, but we’re comin’ in.’”

Kevin Seefried stormed the U.S. Capitol with a Confederate battle flag, taking his son along for the ride. He’s shown within the lower left of this photo in an exchange with U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman.

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol has begun holding its first public hearings, with more testimony from former Trump administration officials expected this week.

Caroline Edwards, the primary U.S. Capitol Police officer injured within the attack, described the “carnage,” “chaos” and “absolute war zone” outside the constructing throughout the committee’s first prime-time hearing last week.

″[Officers] were bleeding, they were throwing up. … I saw friends with blood throughout their faces, I used to be slipping in people’s blood,” Edwards said of her encounter with the pro-Trump mob trying to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election by disrupting Congress.

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