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AROUND OREGON: Video shows state legislator letting demonstrators into Capitol in Salem

Capitol surveillance footage shows state Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, allowing demonstrators into the building. (Screengrab.)

A video released Friday shows state Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, allowing a confrontational group of demonstrators into the state Capitol during a special session last month.

The release comes after House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland, said Nearman allowed the breach and created a dangerous situation for lawmakers gathered inside for a one-day special session. Kotek made the remarks during a press call Thursday.

The Legislature is closed to the public because of the pandemic. During the Dec. 21 session, a group of protesters gathered to protest Covid restrictions.

Capitol surveillance footage, obtained through a . . .