Video surfaces of Oregon GOP Rep holding state Capitol door open last month, allowing protesters to enter

Source: The Hill | January 8, 2021 | Sarah Polus

A video surfaced Friday night of Republican Oregon Rep. Mike Nearman pushing a door open as he exited the state Capitol, allowing protesters to enter the building as a legislative session was underway.

In the security footage obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive, the representative exits through two doors, briefly pushing one open further thereby allowing a protester to enter the premises. A stream of protesters are then seen entering the building before State Police force them out, resulting in a scuffle.

At the time of the breach, a coronavirus special session was underway inside the Capitol. Those who entered the building illegally, some carrying rifles, had been protesting the state’s COVID-19 restrictions outside at the time, the Oregon outlet reports.

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