TThe Chicago Police Union chief has called on officers to ignore the city’s vaccination mandate that is due to go into effect on Friday.
In a video posted to YouTube, Fraternal Order of the Chicago Police President John Catanzara told officers, “Do not fill out the portal information. “
“I made it clear my status with regard to the vaccine, but I don’t think the city has the power to mandate anyone – let alone this information about your medical history,” Catanzara said.
The city’s vaccination warrant will place officers who fail to submit proof of vaccination by the deadline on an “unpaid” status. The police union is preparing a lawsuit against the city of Chicago.
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“It is safe to say that the city of Chicago will have a police force at 50% or less for this coming weekend,” he added.
Catanzara also asked officers to request a waiver of the warrant but not to confirm vaccination status with the city.
“I can guarantee you that the non-payment status will not last longer than 30 days,” he continued. “There is no way they will be able to keep a police force at 50% capacity or less for more than seven days without something moving.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot addressed speculation about police failure to meet the vaccine mandate at a press conference on Wednesday.
“What will the city do if more than 50% of the cops go to work and are sent home this week?” A reporter asked Lightfoot.
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“I don’t expect that to happen,” replied the mayor. “And again, I’m going to focus on the positive… that all of our city employees… do their duty and make sure they get vaccinated.”
“I have been very clear,” added Lightfoot. “The only way to maximize safety in our workplace is to have people immunized. “
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