Thursday, October 14, 2021
The head of the Chicago branch of the Fraternal Order of Police, John Catanzara, urged members of the union in a video message this week to "hold the line." He told officers not to submit their vaccination statuses, and instead to flood the city with exemption requests on Thursday. "Submit those all on Thursday, give them everything at one time, and that's it," he said. "Do not fill out the portal information," he added, referring to the reporting of vaccination statuses to the city. Officers and other city employees who fail to report their vaccination status by Friday will "be placed in a non-disciplinary, no pay status," according to Mayor Lori Lightfoot's office. Catanzara said that "it's safe to say the city of Chicago will have a police force at 50 percent or less" over the weekend. "Whatever happens because of that manpower issue, that falls at the mayor's doorstep," he said.
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