In Chicago, Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara called on police officers to defy the city’s vaccine mandate.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s mandate requires city workers to report their vaccination status by Friday. After that, workers who don’t agree to semiweekly COVID-19 testing will be placed on administrative leave.
Cantazara posted a video vowing to challenge the mandate in court if Lightfoot’s administration tries to enforce it.
“It’s safe to say that the city of Chicago will have a police force at 50 percent or less for this weekend coming up,” Catanzara said in the video.
Lightfoot dismissed most of Catanzara’s statements as “untrue or patently false.”
“The data is very clear. It is unfortunate that the FOP leadership has chosen to put out a counter-narrative,” Lightfoot said. “But the fact of the matter is, if you are not vaccinated, you are playing with your life, the life of your family, the life of your colleagues and members of the public.”