Security camera footage from an Oregon coffee shop shows a group of Oregon State troopers appearing to defy Gov. Kate Brown’s statewide mask mandate while in uniform Wednesday, reports The Oregonian/OregonLive.
Corvallis coffee shop’s assistant manager, Travis Boss, said he told the first trooper who arrived that the trooper needed to wear a mask.
“Governor Brown has no authority to take our civil liberties. We aren’t going to wear masks,” the trooper allegedly responded, according to a written statement from Boss provided to The Oregonian.
The trooper proceeded to place his order while treating employees to a profanity-laced rant attacking the governor’s mandate that masks be worn within indoor public spaces.
“He said, ‘F-ck, Kate Brown,’” Boss recalled.
The trooper’s alleged rant came on the same day that Brown’s statewide mask order went into effect, and just hours before Brown implored Oregonians to wear facial coverings as a “simple, common sense way to protect yourself and others” during the coronavirus pandemic.”
“Three other law enforcement officers entered the business moments later and also refused a request to wear masks, Boss said. Boss said he felt compelled to fulfill their drink orders because they were in uniform, even though he said he had sent other patrons away earlier for not wearing masks,” The Oregonian reports.