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FOP vaccine mandate lawsuit dropped by Chicago

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Fraternal Order of Police members and supporters rally outside Chicago City Hall against the vaccine mandate for city employees in October.


Gregory Pratt

Chicago Tribune

The city of Chicago has dropped its lawsuit against the Fraternal Order of Police over local union President John Catanzara’s push for officers to defy Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s vaccine mandate.

Lightfoot had asked the courts to intervene after the union chief told members to disobey her Oct. 15 deadline to report their vaccine status. The local FOP in turn filed its own lawsuit against the city, mayor and police Superintendent David Brown that seeks to force arbitration over the matter.

That case is ongoing. A Cook County judge previously ruled that the city’s vaccination policy can remain in place for now, but the city can’t enforce the Dec. 31 deadline for officers to get the shot without first arbitrating it with the police unions. In addition to the FOP, the other three Chicago police unions, for sergeants, lieutenants and captains, are co-plaintiffs.

Lightfoot said her decision comes after more officers have complied with her mandate for reporting their vaccine status.

“The past few weeks have shown what I have said from the beginning to be true: that our brave police officers are smarter than their FOP leadership, and care more about their city, their fellow Chicagoans, and upholding their sworn oath to protect and serve, than they do Catanzara’s frivolous demands to stop working,” Lightfoot said in a statement.

The FOP continues to fight the mandate. Catanzara recently retired from the Police Department while the police board was considering whether he should be fired. He has said he will run for mayor in 2023, which Lightfoot said would be “a gift” to her.

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  1. First of all, you can’t trust ANYTHING from a compromised mainstream media who share psychosis and groupthink. These parrots repeat everything they hear. They have no critical thinking.

    Yet, A briefing from Public Health England (PHE) shows that as a hospital patient, you are six times more likely to die of the COVID Delta variant if you are fully vaccinated, than if you are not vaccinated at all. And yet they ignore this. And how about the 1st hand experiences. Teacher I work with fully vaccinated. Got covid ended up in hospital. Another person I know fully vaccinated, got covid. Spread covid to others. So, VACCINES ARE NOT THE ANSWER THEREFORE IT”S INSANE TO HAVE LOCKDOWNS ETC>..but fu GOD IS COMING and the mark of the beast is around the corner this covid vaccine was just operant conditioning, right? BIG tech weirdos…soros….buying up elections…don’t you know soros is evil? He can’t stand the fact his mother pretended to be a Nazi during WW2. He hates women because of it. He hates America because of it. He hates the world he’s infected with bitterness and resentment and yet you have the Democrat party taking his money. Soros’s end is near. He will end up in the lake of FIRE.Unless he repents.

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