Shocking new footage released on Friday shows an Oregon state lawmaker allowing a mob of right-wing protesters into the Capitol building during a demonstration last month.
On Thursday, House Speaker Tina Kotek revealed state Rep. Mike Nearman (R-Independence) “did open a door to let demonstrators into the building,” adding that it “was a serious, serious breach of public trust.”
Nearman is accused of letting in the protesters, some of whom were armed, while the building was closed to the public during a special session to address the ongoing pandemic on Dec. 21, reports KOIN-TV.
Nearman is currently under investigation by Oregon State Police.
The video shows Nearman exiting the building which allowed protesters to quickly enter before the doors shut behind him.
Officers quickly respond to the open doors and are seen pushing out the demonstrators who are seen fighting with the officers.
“The standoff at the door between protesters and officers lasted for several minutes. Eventually, police are pepper-sprayed and retreat into the building, and protesters flood into the building through the doors Nearman had opened,” KOIN reports.
Four protesters were arrested that day.
JUST IN: surveillance video at the Oregon Capitol shows @Oregon_GOP Rep. Mike Nearman opening the door for right wing demonstrators on December 21st. Nearman is under @ORStatePolice investigation. https://t.co/rw4kgPasvS pic.twitter.com/d5f9fXwqI5
— Dan Tilkin (@DanTilkinKOIN6) January 8, 2021