An Oregon legislator is facing criminal charges for opening a door to allow protesters – some armed – during a special session on Dec. 21 in the closed state capitol.
Rape Mike Neireman was charged on Friday with first-degree official misconduct and second-degree criminal misconduct, after a video surfaced in which he allowed protesters to enter the building.
Investigation was on since january Oregonians reported.
Passman, a conservative Republican who represents a community of liberty about 60 miles southwest of Portland, is serving his fourth term in the Oregon House. He is to appear in court on 11 May.
Passman is on fire for his actions during the special session, when it was closed to visitors during the regulation season. Lawmakers in the building were debating measures related to the state’s virus response and funding for wildfire recovery.
Passman left the chamber and walked out a door where a group had gathered to protest the virus-related restrictions. Security footage obtained by The Oregonian shows lawmen roaming the protesters without closing the door or preventing them from getting inside.
Skirmishing with the police, the group entered the building, trying to push the protesters out and lock the door. Some of the unruly mob reported having pepper spray on the policemen. Others were armed with guns.
The police were able to push them out of the building. Later many protesters were arrested.
Dismissing the Nirman from his duties, House Speaker Tina Kotek said his actions “put every person in the Capitol in grave danger”.