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nearly 50% of Chicago police soon suspended due to compulsory vaccination?  – RT in French

The mayor of Chicago plans to suspend city police officers refusing to disclose their immunization status. The measure comes up against a staff shortage announced by the Fraternal Order of the Police, which calls on its members to defy the injunction.

The obligation to vaccinate against the Covid-19 for the police is at the origin of an intense showdown between the city of Chicago and the local section of the Fraternal Order of the Police, better known by its acronym FOP.

Indeed, the mayor of Chicago has announced the imminent suspension of all police officers in the city who have not communicated their vaccination course to their employer before October 15. For his part, the local leader of the FOP, with several hundred thousand members in the country, asked members of his organization to refuse to comply with the municipal injunction.

Members who refuse to comply will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.

“If you don’t report your status [vaccinal] by then, you will be placed in a non-disciplinary and unpaid status, ”declared on October 14 to the attention of the police force of the city the mayor of Chicago, quoted by the American press. “Members who refuse to comply will be subject to disciplinary measures up to and including dismissal,” added the first deputy to the Chicago police director in this regard.

“If someone orders you to provide [vos données], refuse this order, save this [avec votre] body camera if you can, ”for his part replied the Chicago lodge chief of the FOP, according to which the suspensions announced by the mayor could reduce the police force of the city by 50%.

Faced with this announced shortage, the mayor of Chicago said that the entry into force of the suspensions could take a few days, the time to verify the statements of each. The councilor thus assured that there would be no workforce crisis for the coming weekend. On the other hand, several alternative options would already be considered, for example the declaration of a state of emergency and the use of the national guard.

Covid-19, the leading cause of death for police officers over the year

Earlier in the week, the local FOP chief announced a temporary restraining order against the city of Chicago to prevent it from enforcing the provisions in question.

At this stage, the Chicago police officers are subject to compulsory vaccination as employees of the city, as noted by the press across the Atlantic, some of which recall that the Covid-19 has constituted, over the current year, the main cause of death among the police.

“At least 228 officers died from Covid-19 this year, compared to 245 last year. The Covid is the main cause of death among officers, although they were among the first groups to have access to the vaccine at the end of last year ”, reports for example CNN.

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