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GOP Lawmaker Charged with Allowing Far-Right Protesters into Oregon Capitol Building During December Clash

A lawmaker in Oregon was charged on Friday with letting in far-right protesters into the state Capitol Building, which was closed to the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic, through a violent demonstration in December. As found on surveillance footage, a man named as Rep. Mike Nearman (R-District 23) left out a glass door, passing by a hat-wearing man who past rushed him. Another person held the glass door available. The two intruders beckoned others in. State police soon came, pushing out the group, and continued to face off together in the opened entry.
The lawmaker did not immediately respond to a Law&Crime petition for comment.
“I do not condone violence nor participate on it,” Nearman explained in a statement in January following the release of these surveillance footage, according to CNN. “I do think that when Article IV, Section 14 of the Oregon Constitution says that the legislative proceedings shall be’available,’ it implies open, as anyone who’s spent the last eight months staring at a screen doing digital meetings will tell you, it’s not the exact same thing as being open”
As seen on video, a variety of them tried to split in. Others were charged with violent actions. Ryan Lyles, for instance, supposedly used mace amid confrontations with troopers. Jeremy Roberts was charged with attacking journalists.
Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol Building in a similar incident the following January 6, attempting to prevent lawmakers from accepting Electoral College results on behalf of present President Joe Biden.
[Screengrab in KOIN]
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