On the first day of Oregon’s statewide mask order, a group of Oregon State troopers refused to wear face coverings inside a Corvallis coffee shop despite being asked to so.
“F— [Gov.] Kate Brown,” one of the troopers reportedly said. There’s video, too. https://t.co/Lt8kIPxDCK
— Shane D. Kavanaugh (@shanedkavanaugh) July 2, 2020
An Oregon State Police Trooper is now on administrative leave for (reportedly) defying the statewide mask order at a Corvallis, Oregon coffee shop. This incident was originally reported by the Oregonian and you can read the article here
Since this incident was made public, The Oregon State Police has issued the following statement:
“Not only are police officers expected to comply with the Governor’s emergency declaration orders, I expect them to set the example for Oregon’s residents as we strive to fight this invisible enemy- the Coronavirus.
This conduct is embarrassing and indefensible, especially in the wake of thousands of Oregonians taking to the streets each day to rightfully demand police accountability.
Like any police misconduct, the actions of a few bring discredit to the scores of dedicated officers that do not believe they are above the law they are sworn to uphold.
Let me be clear, Oregon State Police Troopers are not above the law and this conduct is being immediately addressed. As the leader of the Oregon State Police, I would like to offer my apology to the coffee shop employees and the community.
I am ultimately responsible for all actions of OSP Troopers & should rightfully be accountable for their conduct. I hope my apology is accepted & the swift actions of my agency provide evidence of our commitment to accountability.”
-Superintendent Travis Hampton, Superintendent
This article will be updated if more information becomes available.