Chicago police union to defy vaccine mandate

PJMediaThe first major test of a vaccine mandate applied to municipal employees will take place this weekend in Chicago, where up to half of the city’s police force is set to defy the mandate by failing to report their vaccine status.

Officers and other city employees who fail to report their vaccination status by Friday will “be placed in a non-disciplinary, no pay status,” according to the mayor’s office.

“It’s safe to say that the city of Chicago will have a police force at 50% or less for this weekend coming up,” said Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara. He added, “I do not believe the city has the authority to mandate that to anybody — let alone that information about your medical history.” The union has filed suit against the city to halt enforcement of the mandate.

On the one hand, this will be very hard to ignore or write off as meaningless. On the other, one of the Democratic objectives was defunding the police, and this would be one way to accomplish that and avoid taking the blame for it.

UPDATE: Illinois blinked, but it doesn't seem to cover Chicago.

This entry was published Mon Oct 18 03:02:13 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2021-10-18 10:49:57.0. [Tweet]

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