Wanted in Florida: Governor DeSantis offers police across U.S. fired over “mandate” $5K to relocate

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TALLAHASSEE, FL – Supporting officers who have challenged restrictive COVID-19 vaccination mandates, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced on Sunday his intention to sign legislation that would give a $5,000 bonus to police officers around the country who relocate to Florida to work in the state.

DeSantis told reporters during a press conference:

“We’re actually actively working to recruit out-of-state law enforcement, because we do have needs in our police and our sheriff’s departments.

“In the next legislative session, I’m going to hopefully sign legislation that gives a $5,000 bonus to any out-of-state law enforcement that relocates in Florida.

In Chicago, over 3,000 police officers may lose their job for not being vaccinated for the coronavirus, even if they have natural immunity to the virus. Thousands of Los Angeles County deputies and other first responders may also be taken off the streets over a vaccine survey and mandate.

Gov. DeSantis joined Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures to discuss the incentive. He said:

“What Biden’s doing is unconstitutional. He does not have the authority to do this. But what it will do on a practical level, in addition to its being unconstitutional, in addition to taking away people’s personal choices, is it will wreak havoc in the economy.

Because even if a small percentage of these folks end up losing their jobs or voluntarily walking away. You’re going to have huge disruptions…

“In Florida, our policy is very clear. We’re going to have a special session and say nobody should lose their job based off these injections. It’s a choice you should make, but we want to make sure we’re protecting your jobs and your livelihoods…”

Democratic-run cities like New York City and Chicago have threatened officers with suspensions and terminations if they do not become vaccinated within arbitrary timeframes.

At least 150 officers, the Massachusetts police union recently reported, have resigned or submitted paperwork to do so over that state’s immunization requirements.

And last week, the president of New York City’s largest police union said it plans to sue Mayor Bill de Blasio for requiring all city employees to get their first vaccine doses before Nov. 1.

The Governor said that, although vaccine mandates may be driving the issue, the truth is Florida needs help:

“We’re actually actively working to recruit out-of-state law enforcement, because we do have needs in our police and our sheriff’s departments.

“So, NYPD, Minneapolis, Seattle, if you’re not being treated well, we’ll treat you better here. You can fill important needs for us, and we will compensate you as a result.”

Gov. DeSantis said that law enforcement officers have served throughout the pandemic heroically and should be rewarded, not punished:

“These people we’ve been hailing as heroes, the nurses we’ve said have been heroes, this whole time, they’ve been working day in and day out.

“They couldn’t do their job on Zoom. They had to be there, and they did it, and they did it with honor and integrity. Now you have people that want to kick them out of their job over this shot, which is basically a personal decision.”

The message Gov. DeSantis is sending to all law enforcement officers across the country is that Florida needs and wants you:

“We are 100% excited about saying anyone that’s being mistreated, if the morale is low, if you can’t take that environment — and we have openings here — you are going to get an environment where people are going to support you.

“We are looking to capitalize off a lot of communities across our country who have turned their back on law enforcement, who aren’t providing them the support.”

Gov. DeSantis has been a vocal critic of vaccine mandates, saying that such actions are a form of government overreach. He also refused to impose strict COVID restrictions while the rest of the country was shutting down businesses and gatherings.

His decisions did not appear to have a negative impact on the population, as COVID-18 deaths in the state were no more serious than states that enforced strict shutdowns.

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‘Dozens’ of Massachusetts state troopers line up to quit over vaccine mandate after judge denies delay

September 28, 2021

 

BOSTON, MA – “Dozens” of state troopers fed up with the governor’s vaccine mandate are filing paperwork to quit the force as a Superior Court judge has denied any delay in the mandate that kicks in Oct. 17.

A Superior Court judge late Thursday denied a request by the union representing 1,800 members of the state police to block the implementation of Gov. Charlie Baker’s vaccine mandate until details can be collectively bargained, a move the union says has prompted dozens of resignations.

Judge Jackie Cowin ruled that the State Police Association of Massachusetts (SPAM) had failed to show that the implementation of the mandate would either cause irreparable harm to its members or that a delay would serve the public interest.

“Suspending the deadline for union members to obtain full vaccination would be against the public interest which the defendants are charged with protecting, and cause more harm to the Commonwealth than is caused to the union by denial of such relief.”

The union filed its lawsuit seeking an injunction last Friday and held a hearing in front of Cowin on Wednesday.

SPAM President Michael Cherven said in a statement Friday night:

“To date, dozens of troopers have already submitted their resignation paperwork, some of whom plan to return to other departments offering reasonable alternatives such as mask wearing and regular testing.

The police union said it was “unfortunate” that alternatives were not offered:

“We are disappointed in the judge’s ruling; however, we respect her decision.

“It is unfortunate that the Governor and his team have chosen to mandate one of the most stringent vaccine mandates in the country with no reasonable alternatives.”

Gov. Charlie Baker ordered the vaccine mandate for all Executive Branch employees, including state police, on August 19. The mandate set an Oct. 17 deadline to be fully vaccinated.

Cherven said troopers have been on the front lines during the pandemic and should have been given consideration:

“Simply put, all we are asking for are the same basic accommodations that countless other departments have provided to their first responders, and to treat a COVID-related illness as a line-of-duty injury.”

The judge’s ruling leaves troopers with just days to decide whether to take the vaccine. Any officer who does not meet the deadline will be terminated.

Approximately 20% of Massachusetts State Police officers remain unvaccinated.

State police said that although some troopers may have begun the process for resignation or retirement, none had stepped down as of Friday because of the mandate:

“We will decline comment. No retirements occurred today because of the vaccine issue. There was only one retirement today, a Major (had nothing to do with the vaccine).

They may have submitted paperwork or indicated to the union that they plan to do so, but no retirement orders were cut today.”

SPAM said the mandate will lead to increased strain on an already understaffed law enforcement mission:

“The State Police are already critically short staffed and acknowledge this by the unprecedented moves to take officers from specialty units that investigate homicides, terrorism, computer crimes, arsons and human trafficking, to name just a few.”

 

 

 

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