Many Chicago officers still refusing to disclose their vaccination status as city’s mandate deadline looms.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) claimed that the city’s Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is inciting an “insurrection” by protesting Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate.
“You asked a question of why the lawsuit. Because we believe that the FOP leadership is trying to foment an illegal work stoppage to strike,” Lightfoot said during a press conference Monday, referring to a complaint she filed Friday against the FOP. “The police unions are not authorized to strike.”
“What we’ve seen from the Fraternal Order of Police, and particularly the leadership, is a lot of misinformation, a lot of half-truths, and frankly, flat-out lies in order to induce an insurrection,” she said.
“And we’re not having that. And so, we want to make it very, very clear that the law is on our side, we feel very confident about it.”
Lightfoot also criticized FOP President John Catanzara for telling the rank-and-file officers not to follow the vaccine mandate.
This comes after a federal judge put a gag order on Catanzara on Friday for warning that up to half of Chicago’s police force will stay home when the Dec. 1 vaccine mandate deadline passes.
After the court hearing, Catanzara took to YouTube to say officers “need to do what’s in their hearts and minds,” and criticized Chicago leadership before announcing his candidacy for mayor in 2023.
The Chicago Police Department disseminated a memo to the FOP threatening disciplinary action if Chicago police don’t get the jab.