Oregon lawmaker charged for allowing demonstrators into state Capitol

Oregon lawmaker charged for allowing demonstrators into state Capitol

An Oregon lawmaker is facing criminal charges for opening a door to allow demonstrators — some armed — into the closed state Capitol during a special session on Dec. 21.

Rep. Mike Nearman was criminally charged on Friday with first-degree official misconduct and second-degree criminal trespass after a video surfaced of him opening the door to allow the demonstrators into the building.

He had been under investigation since January, the Oregonian reported.

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Nearman, a conservative Republican who represents the community of Independence, about 60 miles southwest of Portland, is serving his fourth term in the Oregon House. He is scheduled to appear in court May 11.

He was stripped of his committee assignments by the Oregon House Speaker on Jan. 11. Later that month, 24 state civic leaders and elected officials signed a statement urging Nearman to resign.

Protesters hold a rally outside the Oregon state Capitol in Salem on Dec. 21, 2020.AP Photo/Sara Cline, File


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