Oregon Trooper Placed on Leave After Refusing to Wear Mask at Coffee Shop and saying “F Kate Brown”

An Oregon State trooper who refused to wear a mask at a coffee shop has been placed on administrative leave, according to CNN.

“Governor Brown has no authority to take our civil liberties. We aren’t going to wear masks” the trooper said according to OregonLive.

He also said “F Kate Brown” to the shop’s assistant manager.

Kate Brown is the state’s Democrat governor.


Travis Hampton, Superintendent tweeted a response to the news using the Oregon State Police twitter account, writing:

I would like to publicly address the conduct in this article.

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