Oregon government Kate Oregon sits down with state soldiers caught on video commanding to wear a mask
Oregon Governor Kate Brown met three state troops caught on surveillance video on Friday and refused to wear face masks at a coffee shop despite her state-wide mandate.
A state soldier was placed on leave after allegedly telling store staff “F ** k Kate Brown” when asked about wearing a mask.
Three others are under investigation after being seen without masks in the Corvallis store on Wednesday, the same day Brown’s state-wide order took effect.
Governor Brown, a Democrat, met with three of the troopers involved to discuss the incident and stated that she “aims to save lives, not fire people for making a single mistake.”
She and the three unidentified troopers all wore masks for the encounter.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown sat (pictured left) with three unidentified Oregon State Troopers (pictured right) seen on video earlier this week wearing no masks despite a state-wide injunction. She said the troopers “promised to do better”
In the world of social media, it’s easy to judge someone when they make a mistake and keep scrolling. But you can judge a person’s character by whether they own it and make things right, ‘Brown wrote on Facebook, along with a photo from the meeting.
“We talked about children, our families, and the importance of leading by example. They took responsibility and expressed regret for their actions. And they promised they would do better, ”she added.
“The officers and I agreed today that facial covers save lives. So you will see that she – and I – wear a face every day until we defeat this virus. ‘
Video footage of the troopers who ordered coffee and were in the shop without a mask was first revealed on Thursday when Allan’s Coffee & Tea took care of the surveillance for Oregon Live.
According to the store’s assistant manager, Travis Boss, the first trooper arrived alone without a mask at around 8:30 AM and told him to wear one.
Governor Brown has no authority to take our civil liberties. We are not going to wear masks, ‘the trooper, who is in the shop regularly, reportedly said.
“F — Kate Brown,” he added, according to Boss.
The video surveillance of the incident has no audio.
Governor Brown shared a statement on Facebook about the incident saying she met the troopers to talk about wearing face masks and how to prevent the spread of the coronavirus
The four trooper s were spotted in a Corvallis coffee shop on Wednesday and refused to wear masks
In the footage, three other officers enter the store later – all without masks – and greet the first trooper before ordering their own drinks and sitting down.
The boss said he felt compelled to complete their order despite their refusal to wear masks because they were all in uniform. He said he had sent customers away earlier because they were not wearing masks.
“He’s a state trooper, he’s in uniform,” Boss told Oregon Live. “He says more or less, ‘That’s how it is going to be, and this is what I want.'”
Boss added that he called the shop owners to ask them how to proceed and they said to inform the police and tell the troopers to leave.
At the end of the video, he sees the table approaching where the four troopers are sitting and talking to them before they get up to go.
“That’s Corvallis to you,” said one of them.
The incident occurred early Wednesday morning in Allan’s Coffee & Tea, pictured
Governor Brown, in the photo, increased the enforcement of face masks and social distance in Oregon on Friday when the coronavirus outbreak worsened dramatically in the state. The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the state has more than doubled in the past month to 9,600 cases
The store reported the incident to the police and military police, who made dismissive comments about Governor Brown, who has since been placed on leave.
The state police have also launched an investigation, as Oregon state police inspector Travis Hampton called it “shameful and indefensible.”
None of the troopers have been identified, but have been assigned to Oregon State University.
“The trooper involved was placed on administrative leave,” Captain Timothy Fox, an agency spokesperson, told Oregon Live.
“OSP is early in the investigation, but if it turns out to be true, we are deeply disappointed and expect our troopers to follow the governor’s executive orders and be examples in the community.”
Supernumerary Hampton called it particularly worrying in light of continued protests against police brutality in Oregon and said he hoped to clarify that “Oregon State Police Troopers are not above the law.”
Oregon state police inspector Travis Hampton called the troopers’ actions “shameful and indefensible” in a statement on Twitter
“Police officers are not only expected to follow the orders of the governor in emergency calls, I expect them to lead the way to Oregon residents as we strive to fight this invisible enemy, the Corona virus,” Hampton said in a statement. statement via Twitter.
This behavior is embarrassing and indefensible, especially in the wake of thousands of Oregonians taking to the streets every day to hold the police to account.
“As with any police misconduct, the actions of a few discredit the scores of committed officers who do not believe they are above the law they vowed to uphold,” he added.
“I want to apologize to the coffee shop workers and the community. I am ultimately responsible for all actions of OSP Troopers and should rightly be responsible for their behavior. ‘
The coffee shop incident occurred when Governor Brown’s government mandate to wear masks in public areas came into effect.
Masks are not required while eating or drinking, but should always be worn in bars, breweries, breweries, wineries, tasting rooms and distilleries.
Brown had begged people to wear a mask as a “simple, sensible way to protect yourself and others.”
It highlights the difficulty for some companies that want to maintain the demands of the state, but don’t want political interference with their customers.
On Friday, Governor Brown announced increased face mask and social distance enforcement as the coronavirus outbreak worsened dramatically in the state.
The number of new daily coronavirus cases from the state rose to a record Thursday for the second consecutive day.
375 new cases were confirmed.
In the past month, the number of confirmed cases in the state has more than doubled, with a total of 9,600 cases.
At the end of May, Oregon was estimated to have only about 4,200 cases KGW.
The Oregon Health Authority reported 344 new confirmed and suspected cases on Friday, bringing the state total to 9,636.