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Chicago Mayor Charges Police Union after Opposition of Vaccination Mandate

Bryan Dijkhuizen

A Chicago police union that is opposed to the city's vaccination requirement has been charged by Mayor Lori Lightfoot with attempting to instigate an uprising.

"What we've seen from the Fraternal Order of Police, in particular leadership, is a lot of misinformation, a lot of half-truths, and, frankly, flat out lies in order to induce an insurrection. And we're not having that," Lightfoot told reporters. "And so we want to make it very, very clear that the law is on our side. We feel very confident about it."

Lightfoot also provided an explanation for why the city has filed a lawsuit against the police union.

Following a court order, the Chicago FOP's president, John Catanzara, was barred from using social media to encourage officers to violate the city's vaccination requirement, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Catanzara issued an order last week instructing police not to comply with the city's vaccination requirement.

In accordance with the city's vaccine requirement, police who fail to provide evidence of immunization by the deadline will be placed on no-pay status.

“I can guarantee you that no-pay status will not last more than 30 days,” he continued. “There’s no way they’re going to be able to sustain a police department workforce at 50% capacity or less for more than seven days without something budging.”

Lightfoot also said:

"I've been very clear," Lightfoot added. "The only way that we can maximize safety in our workplace is to get people vaccinated."

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