CHICAGO, IL – Police agencies often help out each other in times of need, regardless of when and/or how the need arises.
However, in Chicago, several police agencies in the area have refused to help out if Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot follows through on her promise to terminate officers who refuse to receive the vaccine and/or report it.
The Fraternal Order of Police for the Chicago Police Department has spoken out against mandating anyone, even officers from getting the vaccine and/or reporting it. They believe that it is an individual’s right to take a vaccine and whether they have received it is no one’s business.
Chicago FOP President, John Catanzara, claims that the number of officers who refuse to take the vaccine and/or report it is over three thousand. He said:
“The unofficial number we have is about over 3,200; so about a third of the department.”
Lightfoot, regardless of how many officers she might lose, maintains that she has a plan in place to have police patrol the streets of Chicago should she follow through with her threats to terminate several thousand officers who refuse to get the vaccine or report that they have done so.
However, she stops short of letting the public know what her plan might entail.
“I don’t engage in a lot of hypotheticals. Obviously, we have contingency plans in place for some time. What we’re seeing is the number of folks who are after being given the opportunities and direct order saying no is very small.
I’m not seeing that there’s is going to be any disruption in our ability to keep our neighborhood’s safe, we have to keep plugging away at this that will play itself out over the next couple days.”
"Kind of ironic. One part of the day they’re giving out new stars. The other part of the day they’re willing to take ‘em away. This is really an upside down world," John Catanzara said. @FOP7Chicago https://t.co/KFTNduMZLY
— WBBM Newsradio (@WBBMNewsradio) October 20, 2021
One of the ways that Lightfoot may be intending to staff the city could have been through an email request to surrounding agencies to offer support.
The email and call to action are called the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System. According to WGN, ILEAS sent an email to several agencies asking if they would be willing to have their specialty units respond into the city in “critical situations.”
WGN notes the email said:
“To be clear, if members of the ILEAS Special Teams programs are requested, it would be for emergency situations, NOT for routine police assistance and the answering of calls for service within the city limits.
Illinois State Police and Cook County Sheriff’s Office would be tasked with the patrol needs.”
— Mary Ann Ahern (@MaryAnnAhernNBC) October 15, 2021
Now, there are times in which police departments throughout the country may be short-staffed in emergencies, and in those cases, they reach out to their local Sheriff’s Offices for assistance.
But, in this case, that simply is not an option for the Chicago Police Department.
The Daily Herald reported that Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain and DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick normally would not have any concerns with sending deputies in to assist Chicago Police Department, however, in this circumstance, they will not.
Their stance is that the dramatic reduction in manning is preventable, therefore, does not constitute an emergency that justifies them sending in their law enforcement officers to patrol and respond to crimes in Chicago.
Hain explained his rationale by saying:
“ILEAS (the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System) typically responds to emergency situations where there is no opportunity for planning. This situation to me is much different.”
Mendrick also commented:
“It’s like a preplanned police shortage. The lack of logic is the thing that astounds me.”
What’s more, is that the deputies in these counties that may be called in to assist in an emergency are not required to receive the vaccine.
The irony in all of this is that deputies may have to respond to Chicago, who are not vaccinated because officers were terminated for refusing to get the vaccine.
Both Sheriffs noted that, although they have no plans on sending in deputies to patrol the streets of Chicago, they will certainly send in reinforcements in the event of emergencies. Hain told WGN Investigates:
“I will not send my personnel to Chicago unless an officer is under direct duress because I cannot support this slanted agenda. I also will not allow my deputies to be subjected to use of force in the City and be under the prosecutorial jurisdiction of the Cook County State’s Attorney.”
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CHICAGO, IL – According to reports, the top cop in the Chicago Police Department has threatened to withhold retirement benefits from individuals who refuse to comply with the city’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.
The feud between those opposing vaccine mandates within the Chicago Police Departments and city and department officials continues to grow in controversy, with Superintendent David Brown reportedly saying that officers that decide to retire as opposed to adhering to vaccine mandates “may be denied retirement credentials.”
This latest development in the saga of vaccine mandates within the Chicago Police Department stems in part – outside of the imposed mandate itself – from the controversy stirred up with Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara urging union members to not comply with vaccine mandates imposed by the city.
The Lightfoot administration imposed a deadline of October 15th for city employees to disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status or face being put on what has been referred to as a “no-pay status”.
While those who failed to provide proof of vaccination were warned they would be put on unpaid leave, since verifying compliance would take time, Mayor Lightfoot said the no-pay status would not take effect until after the weekend.
Mayor Lightfoot told reporters on October 18th that she was offering individuals who had not reported their status “one last opportunity to do the right thing.” However, she acknowledged that police brass at CPD headquarters were probing its employees during the same appearance.
The mayor stated that starting at police headquarters and moving throughout other divisions, officials are toting a list of individuals whom they’re verifying whether or not they’ve actually signed up on the portal and urging compliance.
Yet, if officers interviewed remain noncompliant regarding the vaccine mandate, Mayor Lightfoot said officials will be “taking action from there” meaning that those officers will be “put into a no-pay status and then the disciplinary process will proceed from there.”
This back-and-forth over the vaccine mandate within the CPD has spawned legal action taken by both the city and the FOP.
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