A Chicago Police Union boss is calling on cops to evade Windy City’s requirement to report their coronavirus vaccination status by Friday.
On Tuesday, Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara threatened to take legal action against Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (R) over the demand. Under Lightfoot rules, agents must confirm their immunization status or be subject to unpaid leave. Unvaccinated workers may remain on duty if they are tested twice weekly.
“It is safe to say that the city of Chicago will have a police force at 50% or less for this coming weekend,” the police union chief warned.
Catanzara’s remarks were first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.
Lightfoot responded to Catanzara’s warning by accusing him of spreading misinformation, calling his remarks “false or patently false.”
“What we are focused on is making sure that we maximize the opportunity to create a very safe workplace,” the mayor said, according to the Associated Press. “The data is very clear. It is unfortunate that the FOP leadership has chosen to publish a counter-narrative. But the point is, if you are not vaccinated, you are playing with your life, the lives of your family, the lives of your coworkers and members of the public.
Tonight President John Catanzara addressed our @ FOP7Chicago members and spoke about the mayor’s vaccination mandate.
*** Take a deep breath, nothing has changed for our members. ***
Click on the link below to hear President Catanzara directly: https://t.co/ZVWZK1Xv2e pic.twitter.com/514rcT6c5E
– Fraternal Order of Police – Chicago Lodge # 7 (@ FOP7Chicago) October 9, 2021
Chicago Alderman Anthony Napolitano recently joined five other local lawmakers urging Lightfoot to step down, describing it as an “assault on our constitutional rights”, while warning that a potential shortage of officers could create an even reality. more dangerous for the city.
“If you remove even more police officers from this equation, our streets will be completely lost. … You are going to have unmanned cars. There will be no officers in the cars. … You will get in your car and you will have 20 or 30 jobs waiting for you, ”Napolitano said on Wednesday. “Criminals know this stuff. they know what’s going on. You will see pure melee.