Zachary Kowing: Oregon trooper suspended after anti-vax mandate video
An Oregon state trooper was suspended after posting footage online, where he was seen publicly refusing to receive the Covid-19 vaccine despite state mandates, and now he's setting out to sue Gov. Kate Brown.
Zachary Kowing, alongside his attorney Dan Thenell, exclusively joined 'The Ingraham Angle' last week to discuss lawsuit details and express frustration for the state of Oregon morally restricting its state workers. "I don’t think that I should have to fight for my job when I haven’t done anything wrong," the trooper said. "We’ve done just fine so far with the way things have gone and it’s just the law of progression – it’s progressed farther and farther and farther and it needs to stop at some point."
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Suspended Oregon state trooper Zachary Kowing posted a video from his patrol car saying he will not enforce the Governor’s covid mandates calling them “useless and ineffective” and “discrimination.” pic.twitter.com/pTKuzVf6Fb
According to the mandate by the governor’s office, all state workers are to be vaccinated or else face termination. A number of police and firefighters have already filed a lawsuit against Brown.
Thenell has said that Kowing's case will have unique arguments including both statutory and constitutional Oregon law and prophesied that it could cause replication in litigation nationwide. "This is not a lawsuit about the vaccine. It’s about telling someone you’re going to get this vaccine or you’re going to lose your job. My hope is that this is replicated… It will be replicated next week by two other groups I represent. Many of these people will not just lose their job, they will lose their career," he said. "And I really hope the governor and her people will sit down with us… There are thousands of Oregon workers who I believe will walk off the job over this."
"There are things that I’ve had to do that I didn’t 100% agree with but when it comes to moral grounds and the rights of our people, that’s where we have to draw the line," Kowing reacted. "We all swore the same oath. We are here to protect the people’s rights and it seems some may have forgotten that."