The Chicago police department, a largely minority force of civil servants, is believed to have up to half of its members refusing Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s authoritarian vaccine mandate for all city employees.
Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara has now come out strongly opposed to the mayor’s vaccine mandate, telling his members to refuse compliance if they so choose which in turn is setting up a potentially serious face-off between the police department and the mayor which could then escalate further should other groups such as Chicago firefighters also say not to the vaccine mandate.
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Chicago police union chief tells officers to ignore vaccine mandate: ‘What will the city do’ if 50% of police fired?
The Chicago police union chief called on officers to ignore the city’s vaccine mandate set to take effect on Friday.
In a video posted to YouTube , Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara told officers, “Do not fill out the portal information.”
The city’s vaccine mandate will place officers who do not submit proof of vaccination by the deadline on a “no pay” status. The police union is preparing a lawsuit against the city of Chicago.
“It’s safe to say that the city of Chicago will have a police force at 50% or less for this weekend coming up,” he added.
Catanzara also instructed officers to file for an exemption from the mandate but not to confirm the vaccination status with the city.
“I don’t expect that to happen,” the mayor responded. “And again, I’m going to be focused on the positive … that all our city employees … do their duty and make sure that they get vaccinated.”
“I’ve been very clear,” Lightfoot added. “The only way that we can maximize safety in our workplace is to get people vaccinated.”
(Note: The mayor’s assertion that the only way to maximize workplace safety is to have a 100% vaccination rate goes against all the science and data on the subject. The Covid vaccines have failed to prevent the spread of the transmission and one should not forget that all of this is being done to combat a virus that has a 99.7% survival rate. Hospitalizations and serious illness are rare and nearly non-existent for those in good health (except for when media and government are caught lying about such cases). See linked stories below for more on this.)