Chicago police union boss urges officers to defy city’s COVID vaccine mandate

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A possible security difficulty is coming to a head in Chicago as police officers resist COVID-19 vaccine mandates, probably leaving their departments under-staffed as homicides and shootings enhance. 

Chicago Police Union president John Catanzara has urged officers to ignore the midnight deadline to report their vaccine standing to town. If town tries to punish officers for not complying, solely half will present up to patrol metropolis streets, Catanzara predicted. 

“Any sergeant, lieutenant, captain or above who gives you an order to go in that portal is not valid. You are able to refuse that order,” he stated. 

Mayor Lori Lightfoot stated officers who refuse to report their vaccine standing “do so at their peril.” 

“Insubordination is not something that we can tolerate,” Lightfoot stated. 

The coverage, introduced by Lightfoot in August, requires all metropolis workers to be absolutely vaccinated by Saturday or danger being positioned on no-pay standing. The coverage permits employees to be unvaccinated by the tip of the year in the event that they endure common testing whereas off the clock and pay for it themselves. 

Lightfoot insisted Chicago residents shouldn’t be involved about their security. 

“Obviously we have contingency plans in place if they are necessary, but I am confident that they are not going to be necessary,” she stated. 

Chicago alderman Anthony Beale, a critic of Lightfoot, is fearful about security this weekend. 

“I’m going to implore that the governor of this great state of Illinois declare a state of emergency,” he stated. 

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has stated that the National Guard is prepared to assist, however the mayor has to this point not requested it. 

It’s not solely Chicago police officers going through vaccine mandates. Hundreds of officers in Seattle, Washington, and San Francisco, California, might lose their jobs if they do not submit their vaccination standing. 

In the previous year, COVID-19 has been the main reason for dying amongst police officers nationwide. More than 700 officers have died since March 2020, in accordance to the Fraternal Order of Police.

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