State Lawmaker Arrested, Resigns After Live-Streaming Himself Entering Capitol

State Lawmaker Arrested, Resigns After Live-Streaming Himself Entering Capitol


A Republican lawmaker has resigned from the West Virginia House of Delegates and been arrested for illegally entering the U.S. Capitol building during the Wednesday unrest.

Delegate Derrick Evans, 35, was arrested Friday and charged with one count of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building without legal authorization and one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol.

According to a criminal affidavit, Evans live-streamed himself on Facebook while outside the Capitol, including the moment when he and others entered the building. At different points in the video, Evans allegedly shouted, “There we go! Open the door!” and, once inside the building, “We’re in! We’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!”

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Toward the end of the five-minute video, Evans allegedly appeared to fist-bump an officer, stating, “We still respect you, all right?” and also shouted, “No destruction of anything! No vandalizing property, no vandalizing!” He concluded by saying he didn’t

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