Republican Lawmaker in Oregon Charged with Allegedly Allowing Protesters Into State Capitol

A Republican state legislator in Oregon is facing charges after being accused of letting protesters into the state capitol during a special session in December of last year, as reported by the New York Post.

State Representative Mike Nearman (R-Ore.) was formally charged on Friday with one count of “first-degree official misconduct” and “second-degree criminal trespass” in relation to the incident, which took place on December 21st. The state legislature was holding a special session on that date to debate the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as wildlife recovery funding.

The investigation into Nearman first started in January, and security camera footage allegedly shows him letting the protesters, who were gathered outside, into the building by opening a door for them. The footage itself shows Nearman leaving the building through a door where anti-lockdown protesters had gathered just outside. Nearman is then seen shoving his way around the protesters without closing the door behind him first.

Protesters then entered the capitol through the door that Nearman left open and clashed with police, who eventually managed to push the protesters back out the door and close it. Several protesters were later arrested.

Even before any charges were filed against Nearman, State House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Ore.) had Nearman stripped of all his committee assignments on January 11th, declaring that Nearman’s actions “put every person in the capitol in serious danger.”

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: PORTLAND, OREGON, USA: Police confront demonstrators as Black Lives Matter supporters demonstrate in Portland, Oregon on July 4, 2020 for the thirty-eighth day in a row at Portland's Justice Center and throughout Portland, with a riot declared about 12.20 am on July 5. CS tear gas and less-lethal weapons were used, and multiple arrests were made. (Photo by John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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