SALEM, OR (KPTV) - A group of Oregon State Troopers and firefighters is suing Gov. Kate Brown over the vaccine mandate for state employees. 

The Fraternal Order of Police, a firefighters group in Klamath Falls, and nine Oregon State Police are named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Brown and the state of Oregon are named as defendants. 

The lawsuit claims the executive order violates both the state and U.S. Constitutions, citing the First Amendment and freedom of religion and expression. 

“[Troopers and firefighters are] being forced to choose between their rights, privileges and liberties as citizens on the one hand and their employment, careers and financial futures on the other,” the lawsuit states. 

Brown announced Aug. 11 that all state executive branch employees will be required to be fully vaccinated on or before Oct. 18, or six weeks after a COVID-19 vaccine receives full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, whichever is later. People with certain disabilities and “sincerely held” religious beliefs may qualify for exemptions.

Only one of the nine troopers has filed for an exemption, according to the lawsuit. 

Kate Brown

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown during a press conference on Aug. 13, 2021. (KPTV Image)

“Forcing them to decide between their livelihoods and vindicating their statutory and constitutional rights is unconscionable and wrong,” the lawsuit states. 

The lawsuit references a tweet from Brown in June 2020, when she said, “To lead thriving lives, Oregonians must have the ability to control their own bodies and make informed decisions about our health.” Brown was commenting on a U.S. Supreme Court decision on abortion rights. 

Brown’s office declined to comment.

Masks will be required in most outdoor settings in Oregon starting Friday, Aug. 27, regardless of vaccination status, Gov. Kate Brown announced.

A group of firefighters and Oregon State Troopers is suing Gov. Kate Brown over the vaccine mandate for state employees.

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Something has to give. The Oregon state government is overreaching on many facets since the pandemic and it needs to stop somewhere. I’m glad these folks are standing up for their God given rights. Oregon state leadership boasts its support of abortion and killing unborn infants but is quick to tell fully functioning individuals what they have to do in order to make a living. Makes no sense to me.


A [smile] for the first responders. [thumbup]


Wait until all the firefighters, state police and EMTs quit or are placed on administrative leave - THEN we'll see how stupid this mandate is! OUR body. OUR choice.


I sold my home and left the liberal cesspool of Portland 3 months ago. I’m am now living in the great state of Florida! BEST DECISION EVER!!!!


Oregonians.....With the crime rate, inclusive of a staggering violent crime increase, defund the police, Antifa, BLM & homeless pretty much owning PDX & our state, is it not time to try something new...? Ask yourself, is it working..? Our once beautiful state is looking more & more like California. It's time for change!


Sadly, you can't fix stupid, and it's too late for the once charming city of Portland and it's surrounding cesspool neighborhoods, but maybe there's hope for the rest of the state if they elect a republican governor again.


Right on. I totally support these folks in this endeavor and their desire not to be shot up with who-knows-what in these supposed vaccines. Now everybody else needs to get on board and take their lives and our state back.




excellent, i hope they win


Katherine feeling the pressure.


Whatever it takes to rid Oregon of her and her followers.



Maddog 10

Now they have the Mu variant that they claim is here. Fuice and the demorat want us shut down until after the 22 election so they can steal it like they did in 2020.






Hmmm...should we get a booster to the booster's booster for THIS week's variant, or next weeks variant? Because, the shots are as effective as masks.

Kate can't run again so she is doing whatever she can to keep her power absolute.



Liberal Wasteland

And she hurts Kotek's chances more and more..every day.


That would be awesome actually.


This is great news!!!

Praying they're successful because if they are, it can trickle down to others facing same coercion.






Time for the people to bond together and rise up!!! Time is now!!




You're not going to do anything. Poser.


The left is a living example of the quote: "When I am weaker than you, I ask you for freedom because that is according to YOUR principles. When I am stronger than you, I take away your freedom because that is according to MY principles." Even if a republican were to run on "liberty" or "equal rights for Oregon families," the left will always distort it for their own progressively degenerative gains.


Good. This woman and her "scientists" need to be thrown in jail for destroying thousands of Oregonians' lives with her mandates.

Liberal Wasteland

According to her own proclamation upon being elected, she only has "mandates" about 50% of the time.


Commie Brown lies at every chance she can. She is a Marxist puppet and will say and do whatever her handlers tell her to. She is KILLING Oregon

She can't even keep up with her own lies... I hope they sue the heck out of her and that they win HUGE.

Oregonians cannot wait until she's gone

“To lead thriving lives, Oregonians must have the ability to control their own bodies and make informed decisions about our health.” Kate Commie Brown

Cat of the Canals

The people responsible for protecting others won't even protect themselves? That's not very reassuring.

Lawlessness Brings Destruction

They ARE protecting themselves AND others.

The spike proteins in the vaccines turn the body into a spike protein replicating factory creating the force multiplier effect of spread to others, euphemistically called the "variants".

Forcing ANY employees to take the jab by condition of employment (aka coercion) is in violation the Nuremberg Code of 1946, which BTW is INTERNATIONAL law.

Mr Q

You do realize that the Legislature and the judicial branch DO NOT have to get the jab to keep their jobs right?

Liberal Wasteland

Who are you to decide what's best for them, and their own bodies? Funny how "my body, my choice" only works for those who were too stupid and lazy to use one of so many forms of contraceptives available today. But when someone has valid concerns about allowing themselves to be injected with what amounts to be a still experimental "vaccine," that's not really a vaccine at all, then for those people it's no longer "their bodies..their choices?" I dunno kid. That sounds a lot to me like..ya know..flaming hypocrisy.

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