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While Jan 6th Hearings Continue, ‘Hero’ Eugene Goodman Testifies Against MAGA Rioter Who Attacked With Confederate Flagpole

While Jan 6th Hearings Continue, ‘Hero’ Eugene Goodman Testifies Against MAGA Rioter Who Attacked With Confederate Flagpole

A Capitol police officer since lauded for his bravery during the U.S. Capitol riot testified on Monday that a man carrying a Confederate battle flag jabbed at him with the flagpole before joining the mob that chased him up a staircase. The sight of the ultimate symbol of white supremacy within the halls of the Capitol was one of the more disturbing images from the insurrection.

As the January 6th House Select Committee held their second televised public hearing, Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman described his encounter with Kevin Seefried, and his adult son, Hunter, at their trial on charges that they stormed the Capitol together while the elder Seefried carried a Confederate flag.

Goodman testified that he recalled seeing Kevin Seefried standing alone in an archway and telling him to leave. Instead, Seefried cursed at him and jabbed at the officer with the base end of the flagpole three or four times without making contact with him, Goodman said.

District Judge Trevor McFadden is hearing testimony without a jury for the Seefrieds’ bench trial, which started Monday and is scheduled to resume Tuesday. The Seefrieds waived their right to a jury trial, which means Judge McFadden, a Trump appointee, will decide their cases as the only judge hearing bench trials for January 6th riot cases.

Goodman was hailed as a hero for leading a group of rioters away from the Senate chamber as senators and then-Vice President Mike Pence were being evacuated. Goodman also directed Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) to turn around and head away from the mob. Before his encounter with the mob inside the Capitol, Goodman joined other officers in trying to hold back rioters as they clashed with police outside the building.“It was like something out of medieval times, with one huge force clashing with another opposing force,” Goodman said. “I’ve never seen anything like that ever.”

Eugene Goodman was later awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his heroic life-saving actions, although not all Congressional Republicans supported the vote.

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