Video of W.Va. official breaking in to U.S. Capitol sparks bipartisan outcry

Del. Derrick Evans

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Newly-elected 19th District Del. Derrick Evans (R-Wayne) says he was merely acting as “an independent member of the media,” after he came under fire for a video he posted apparently showing him breaking in to the U.S. Capitol during protests on Wednesday. 

Evans has since deleted the video from his page, but copies continue to circulate.

Gov. Jim Justice called Evans’ actions “a shame,” while House Speaker Roger Hanshaw (R-Clay) said Evans was have to answer to his constituents and colleagues for the video. 

House Minority Leader Doug Skaff (D-Kanawha) went further, calling for Evans’ immediate and indefinite suspension and an investigation into his actions.