OR State lawmaker suspected of letting demonstrators into Oregon Capitol
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Sources say Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, was shown on video surveillance footage exiting the Capitol on Dec. 21. Demonstrators gained access directly afterward, setting up a showdown…
Nearman has served in the state House since 2015 and is one of the chamber’s most conservative Republicans. He has worked on an unsuccessful attempt to recall Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, is a plaintiff in an ongoing lawsuit seeking to overturn Brown’s emergency orders to address COVID-19 and was recently among 11 sitting state lawmakers to sign a letter in support of a Texas lawsuit challenging the presidential election in four states.
Nearman’s been tied to right-wing protests at the Capitol before. In 2017, his then-legislative aide gave a gun to a convicted felon, who then brought it to a pro-Trump demonstration at the building, the Oregonian/OregonLive reported. Court records show the aide, Angela Roman, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in the incident.
While demonstrators were eventually cleared from the Capitol after their incursion on Dec. 21, some in their number clashed and used pepper spray against officers. Some vandalized the Capitol, breaking panes on glass doors. At least one man was captured on camera assaulting or intimidating members of the press who were on hand outside the building…
The demonstration was billed as a “flash mob” to protest the fact that the state Capitol is closed to the public during the pandemic, as well as to convey anger over business closures and other restrictions brought on by COVID-19. Among groups publicizing the protest was Patriot Prayer, a far-right group whose events have led to violence and attracted white supremacists.
January 9, 2021 at 7:44 PM #393157SegamiParticipant
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Oregon State Police (OSP) launched a criminal investigation into Rep. Mike Nearman (R-Independence) after the closed building was breached during a demonstration on Dec. 21.
House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) announced the investigation to reporters Thursday morning, saying OSP confirmed Nearman opened the door to let demonstrators into the building. She called it a “serious, serious breach of public trust.”
The demonstrators had gathered that day for a protest was organized by far-right group Patriot Prayer in opposition to statewide COVID-19 mandates. Some were later seen kicking in doors and spraying officers with chemicals.
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January 11, 2021 at 5:35 AM #393666CalicoParticipant
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cops had pushed the demonstrators out. At 8:40, someone sprayed teargas at the cops, who then ran into a hallway… leaving the demonstrators to wander in and out. They never really seemed to go anywhere though.
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January 9, 2021 at 9:57 PM #393195PunxsutawneyModerator
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I hope this will be addressed on the local morning show, but I wonder if he can’t be removed by vote in the (Democratic controlled) house.
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