A surveillance digital camera caught Oregon state Rep. Mike Nearman opening a locked door of the state Capitol and permitting a gang of far-right antimaskers to illegally enter the constructing on December 21 and disrupt proceedings. He is now been charged with first-degree official misconduct, a category A misdemeanor, and second-degree felony trespass, a category C misdemeanor.
The choice to cost Nearman follows a months-long investigation by state police that started Dec. 21. As lawmakers met in a particular legislative session to take up COVID-19 reduction that day, surveillance footage showed Nearman exiting the locked Capitol constructing right into a throng of protesters who had been attempting to get contained in the statehouse. In doing so, he appeared to purposefully grant entrance to far-right teams demanding an finish to ongoing restrictions associated to COVID-19.
Shortly after that breach, demonstrators scuffled with state troopers and Salem police. One man is accused of spraying officers with bear mace, permitting the group to make their means additional into the constructing. A number of individuals had been arrested earlier than the Capitol was cleared, and members of the group went on to shatter glass doorways and assault journalists outdoors the constructing. Nearman, in the meantime, promptly walked across the constructing and entered on the other aspect.
[Image: Oregon State Police]