A coalition of Oregon troopers and firefighters are suing Gov. Kate Brown (D) for forcing them to be fully vaccinated against the Chinese Communist Party virus (COVID-19).
The lawsuit is asking Jefferson County Circuit Court to declare the governor’s August executive order, which mandates COVID-19 immunization, is “unenforceable.”
The Oregon Fraternal Order of Police, Kingsley Firefighters Association, statewide troopers, a major crimes sergeant and state police captain together claim Brown’s order contradicts existing Oregon statutes. The measure will also allegedly result in employees being unfairly dismissed.
The Democrat recently ordered reinstating an indoor mask mandate amid a surge in COVID-19 Delta variant infections. She wants all executive branch employees with the State of Oregon to be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, or six weeks after the vaccine receives full U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. The FDA fully approved the Pfizer vaccine on Aug. 23.
The group launched the legal action against the governor and state of Oregon after trooper Zachary Kowing was allegedly placed on administrative leave. His only alleged crime was sharing a video on social media about him defying the Beaver State’s vaccine mandate.
“I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, to protect the freedom of the people who pay my salary,” Kowing said in the video posted to Instagram. “I do not work for my governor but for them.”
Governor spokeswoman Liz Merah defended the executive order, and claimed her employer’s first priority is responding to the public health crisis.
“Given the seriousness of the situation, employer vaccine requirements have become an important tool and state government plays a part,” she said in a statement obtained by Fox News. “It is critical to protect state workers, workplaces, and facilities–as well as members of the public who use state services.”