Chicago Police Union Vaccination Mandate Complaint Wins Hearing | Government-and-politics
As vaccination mandates expire, the consequences are being felt on the country’s police force. police powers for refusing to report their immunization status. The brawl in court, where a judge ordered the officer’s union boss to stop making public statements, like this: “You don’t have to respond or comply,” John said Catanzara, President of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police. He had argued that vaccinations were a matter of collective bargaining. But removing more than a dozen officers is a sore point in a city already grappling with an upsurge in crime. There is also resistance in Seattle and Los Angeles County. In San Diego, a similar story. About 90% of officers in San Diego said they believe vaccines should be an individual choice. Almost half said they would rather be fired than comply with a warrant. elsewhere and urges the city to come up with alternatives, such as regular testing. He is trying to prevent cuts in an already strained force. âYou look at this police service, our officer-to-citizen ratio is the second lowest in this country, and so that obviously has an impact on our ability to respond to crime,â Nisleit said. In Florida, Karen Weiskopf begs the police and anyone who listens to her to get shot. Her husband, Officer Michael Weiskopf, died in August after battling COVID-19 for almost a month. He was not vaccinated when he was infected. âThe pain. There hasn’t been a day, an hour, a time that he hasn’t suffered,â said Karen Weiskopf. âIt would be a lot easier,â she said. âStop paying attention to politicians who think they know what they’re talking about, but they don’t know it,â said Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County, Fla. Police officials encourage their officers to be shot. But many union leaders support this argument. âWe don’t like to be mandated and pushed into something like this,â said John Kazanjian, president of the Florida Police Benevolent Association. Kazanjian, the head of Florida’s largest police union, is vaccinated and encourages others to do the same, but: “It’s a freedom of choice, absolutely, that’s why we live in this great country, the States -United, âKazanjian said. Florida has one of the highest numbers of officers in the country who have died from COVID-19: 57 and above. Everyone leaves behind a family member to wish things were different. âIt’s still surreal,â Weiskopf said. “I take it, uh, I think hour by hour and day by day.