Oregon trooper placed on leave after not wearing mask: report

Oregon trooper placed on leave after not wearing mask: report
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A trooper with the Oregon State Police was put on paid leave pending an investigation after video appeared to show him refusing to comply with the governor's order requiring masks inside restaurants and using an expletive when asked by the manager to do so.

Oregon Live reported that one unnamed officer was placed on leave after video of the incident at a coffee shop in Corvallis, Ore., on Wednesday showed the officer and several others not wearing masks inside the store.

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

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A spokesperson for Oregon State Police told Oregon Live that the trooper who appeared to be speaking to the manager had been placed on administrative leave and was under investigation. The four officers are all assigned to Oregon State University, according to the agency.

“The involved trooper has been placed on administrative leave,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “OSP is early in the investigation, but if found to be true, we are thoroughly disappointed and expect our troopers to follow the governor’s executive orders and be examples in the community.”

The department also addressed the incident in a public statement released through Twitter by the agency's superintendent, Travis Hampton, who said that the officers involved brought "discredit" to the police.

"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," Hampton wrote.

"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," he added.

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Brown added in her own statement that the officers' actions were "inexcusable."

"It is inexcusable that a few Oregon State Troopers disregarded my face covering requirement yesterday & ignored a request from a fellow Oregonian to follow the rule. Oregon State Police Superintendent Hampton & I agree their actions and behaviors were absolutely unacceptable," the governor tweeted.