Portland, Ore. – A similar incident took place in the Oregon Capitol, about 2,900 miles away and about 2,900 miles before the rebellion, when 50 protesters ransacked the building – where lawbreakers were working and collided with law enforcement Were.
The security video shows the Republican MP, Rep. Mike Neuerman, who physically opened the doors to the Capitol – allowing protesters access to the building. Since then, a representative of the small Northwest Oregon city of Independence has been called upon to resign ahead of the upcoming Legislature session beginning on Tuesday.
“Representative Neurman put every person in the Capitol in serious danger,” said Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotake. “As we tragically saw during the uprising in the United States Capitol last week, the consequences could have been much worse, so that law enforcement did not move so fast. I believe he should resign immediately. ”
The incident occurred during a one-day special session on December 21, as Oregon legalists met to discuss and pass four bills primarily related to coronovirus relief. The Capitol was closed to the public due to the epidemic.
Tensions grew outside the building, as more than 100 far-right demonstrators protested statewide COVID-19 restrictions gathered. Some toted guns, Trump’s flags, chanted for the arrest of Gov. Kate Brown. Journalists were beaten up as they tried to make their way into the building by breaking glass doors.
Based on the security video, the 56-year-old, neireman, exited through a side door of the Capitol Building, where two protesters were standing. The nierman pushed the door all the way and stepped out as a star, carrying a flag with a star, stripes, and the Punis logo that entered the building clutching another door, containing electronic There were also locks.
Another guards grabbed the outside door as the two waved at them to follow the others. Within 30 seconds, officers stormed into the vestibule, drove out the protesters and tried to close the door, but were unsuccessful. As officers and protesters gathered, chemical sprays were used by both sides and police officers reported not being able to see clearly before quoting the area.
Oregon Public Broadcasting reported that the intruders confronted the officers and chanted “enemies of the state” for an hour.
“They were focused on disrupting action contrary to what happened in our nation’s capitol,” Kotek said.
At least five people were arrested, including one who the state police say officials sprayed the bear’s mace.
Nerman, one of the chamber’s most conservative Republicans who are still unfolding, may face legal consequences as the state police investigate their actions and the Legislative Equity Office discusses whether they will take further disciplinary action.
“If the investigation found that the action taken was criminal, the legislators are not above the law and will be held liable,” House Republican Caucus leader Rept Christine Drezen said in a statement. “As we affirm the due process and the right of the public to engage fully in the work of the legislature, we are committed to protecting public safety and holding those accountable to those who undermine that commitment Will give.
In the meantime, Kotek has stripped his committee’s worksman, canceled his commission appointments and, according to the news release, will bill him $ 2,000 for the damage caused to people after he moves in.
As per the rules the badge awarding to the Capitol has agreed to seize the badge, give 24 hours notice before reaching there, and do not allow “non-authorized personnel” to access the building. Nierman read those terms on the House floor on Monday.
Nierman released a statement on Tuesday in which he said he had received “criticism, assault on my house and threats” since the incident. In the statement, Nierman did not apologize for his actions.
“After several stipulations in the legislature, I’ve grown thick skinned – and while no one likes to be called and described in profane language – I can handle it as part of the job that I do,” The Nerman said.
The lawgiver said that Kotek subjected him to “mob justice”.
“As the president pretends to know my inspirations, I will speculate on some of them,” Nierman said. “The fact that she had been in possession of a video for sixteen days, and only chose to reveal that video and ensnare me that day when an ugly mob instigated on the Capitol in Washington, DC, tells me that her Motivation is about politics and not about security. “
Nearmen have been vocal opponents of the statewide COVID-19 ban, which has been described as one of the strictest in the country. As part of the same, Nirman urged the Capitol leadership to open the building to the public, which he reiterated in his statement.
“I do not commit violence nor do I participate in it,” the statement said.
On Monday, legalists gathered at the state Capitol building in the presence of heavy police to administer oaths to newly elected legislators. Officers and police stationed at the Capital Mall carefully monitored all vehicles coming into the area. Inside, the state police stood by the entrances and checked the identities of those entering the building.
The Oregon State Police said they were further “aware of rumors that armed groups are considering occupying and / or occupying the state capitol” and monitoring “several possible incidents” before the presidential inauguration on January 20 are doing.
Brown has activated the Oregon National Guard due to potential violence in the state Capitol and elsewhere. The Oregon State Police said the National Guard would necessarily be used and its deployment locations would not be made public.