Chicago police union urges officers to defy vaccine mandate

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Chicago’s police union is threatening to “enter a temporary restraining order” in an effort to stop the city’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate from taking effect, 32 per fox.

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big picture: Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara is urging union members to disobey the mandate.

  • Catanzara said Chicago would have a police force at “50% or less” if Mayor Lori Lightfoot puts employees who don’t report their vaccination status on “non-disciplinary, no-pay status” by Friday . Chicago Sun-Times notes.
  • Lightfoot called the claims “absolutely false.” AP reports. He said the city was “ready for any situation” after the mandate took effect over the weekend, according to the Sun-Times.

running news: under Demand Because it goes into effect Friday, City of Chicago employees who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus must be tested semi-weekly. If refused, they will be placed on unpaid leave.

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of note: COVID-19 has killed 460 law enforcement officers, including members of the Chicago Police Department, the AP notes.

  • Former Chicago Brotherhood of Police Chief Dean Angelo died After being hospitalized with the virus on Tuesday.

go in: Scores of police officers are denying COVID vaccine

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