Jun 11, 2021
GOP state lawmaker expelled for allowing violent protesters into Oregon capitol
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A Republican state representative from Oregon was expelled from the Legislature on Thursday, after he was caught on video not letting the violent protesters into the building, but actually planning the attack with them in the days before.
The expulsion resolution passed nearly unanimously by a vote of 59 to 1, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported. Nearman was the only lawmaker to vote against expulsion.
Nearman had been facing calls for his resignation for five months, after Oregon Public Broadcasting reported in January that Nearman had opened a door to the state capitol to allow the far-right extremists inside as state lawmakers were in a special session.
The attack was similar to the one at the United States Capitol in January, with the rioters — some armed and carrying Confederate flags — attacking law enforcement officers with bear mace. The rioters were protesting multiple things, including measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, as well as Donald Trump's 2020 election loss.
However last week, more video surfaced of Norman actually planning the attack with his supporters — leading to a swift effort by Oregon lawmakers to expel him from the Legislature.
Even Norman's own GOP colleagues called on him to resign, writing in a letter on June 7, "Given the newest evidence that has come to light regarding the events of December 21, 2020, it is our belief as friends and colleagues that it is in the best interests of your caucus, your family, yourself, and the state of Oregon for you to step down from office."
That same day, Democratic state House Speaker Tina Kotek introduced the expulsion resolution, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported.
"The severity of Representative Nearman’s actions and last week’s revelation that they were premeditated require a special committee to immediately consider expelling him from the House of Representatives," Kotek said in a statement. "He knowingly put the physical safety of everyone in the Capitol – lawmakers, staff and law enforcement – in jeopardy."
Kotek added, "As we saw in January at the U.S. Capitol, the ramifications could have been dire if law enforcement had not stepped in so quickly. This is an unprecedented situation facing the Legislature. It is beyond a workplace conduct issue and must be treated as such."
Nearman, for his part, is the first lawmaker in Oregon state history to be expelled.
His expulsion is not the only punishment Nearman faces for his actions.
He also faces criminal charges, including official misconduct and criminal trespass.
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2 Of South Florida’s Top Cops React To Miami-Dade Mayor’s White House Visit For Gun Violence Discussion
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – South Florida law enforcement officials are reacting to Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s visit with President Joe Biden to discuss gun violence.
“It’s disappointing. Violent crime is impacting a big portion of this country but its disproportionately impacting big cities,” said Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo. “And to not have the big city chiefs there – we’re already off to a challenging start.”READ MORE: Miami Dolphins Team Up With Big Brothers Big Sisters Of Broward For Pride Month Initiative
Chief Acevedo spoke on CNN Wednesday, saying he wished to have been part of the president’s meeting with representatives from across the nation to discuss gun violence.
Chief Acevedo making it clear what the president must now address.
“What we want to hear from the president is a commitment to look at what’s going on with our criminal justice system, with courts systems that are shut down, but judges and prosecutors that are coddling violent criminals,” said Chief Acevedo.
Unsolved violent crimes continue to plague South Florida recently. And those who pulled the trigger into a crowd outside a northwest Miami-Dade banquet hall are still out there.
Three people died and over 20 were hurt in that mass shooting.READ MORE: Miami Police Department Fires Deputy Chief Ronald Papier, Commander Nerly Papier
“The community is stepping up giving us information but as we know with these types of shootings, we have to get all our ducks in a row, there’s a fear factor with coming forward,” said Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramirez.
Director Ramirez is leading “Operation Summer Heat,” which is 12 weeks of increased enforcement countywide to stop crime in its tracks.
The operation was announced after the Memorial Day weekend mass shooting.
Director Ramirez also spoke at Miami-Dade County’s community relations board meeting Wednesday with continued concerns over the ages of those committing violent acts.
“Our kids need to see that this is the real world not the fantasy world they’re in where they’re committing violence for something that isn’t tangible – for clicks, hints and oohs and ahhs and people are losing their lives for that,” said Director Ramirez.
The hope is that these issues will not be swept under the rug.MORE NEWS: FIU Ranked First Among Florida Public Universities
“I look forward to further dialogue on this,” said Director Ramirez.