A Chicago Police Union boss has asked police to violate the city’s upcoming COVID-19 vaccination reporting mandate.
Brotherhood Order of Police President John Catanzara said Tuesday he would take Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s management to court if it ordered city workers to report their vaccination status by Friday.
Under the order, unvaccinated municipal workers who do not appear for the regular COVID-19 test will be placed on unpaid leave.
Chicago has the second-largest police department, with about 13,000 police officers, many of whom will not comply with the mandate, Cotton Zara threatened in an online video.
“It’s safe to say that the police force in Chicago will be 50% or less this weekend,” the labor leader said.
Cotton Zara instructed her members to file for a waiver to receive the vaccine, but not to inform the city in the clip.
“I don’t believe the city has the authority to order anyone to leave this information about their medical history,” he said.
On Wednesday, Lightfoot called the vaccines safe and effective and accused Cotton Zara of being “wrong or clearly wrong.”
“What we’re focusing on is to make sure we maximize the opportunity to create a very safe workplace,” the Democrat said.
“The data is very clear. It is unfortunate that the FOP leadership has chosen to make a counter-statement. Are playing with the lives of members.
In August, Cotton Zara later compared the mandate to the Holocaust before apologizing.
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The controversy comes as another city is gripped by a rise in violent crime. Police have reported 629 deaths as of early October this year, up 56 percent from two years ago.
Four members of the CPD have died from the virus, including Dan Angelo, a former union boss before Katanzara. The 67-year-old lost his battle with COVID-19 on Tuesday.
Last month, NYPD started. Non-vaccinating officers need to be presented. For weekly tests or off schedule.
With AP wires.