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Chicago Police Department Mandates Vaccine Proof Submission

According to a copy of the memo acquired by CNN affiliate WLS, a day after Chicago Police officers were asked to reveal their Covid-19 immunization status or face losing pay, the city’s Police department released a memo alerting officers that elective time off is restricted. According to WLS, the memo was sent out to all sworn officers on Saturday and read at all CPD roll calls for the next five days.

As a result of a dispute between their union and Mayor Lori Lightfoot over the city’s requirement that public employees be vaccinated and declare their immunization status, up to half of Chicago’s rank-and-file Police officers might be placed on unpaid leave. “Until further notice, the use of elective time by sworn CPD members is restricted. Furthermore, the use of elective time will require prior approval from the Deputy chief or above within the requesting member’s chain of command,” the memo obtained by WLS reads.

President of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police John Catanzara has spoken out against the need to report vaccine status, claiming that officers are not obligated to do so and that the Police department has its Covid-19 policy. Lightfoot stated on Friday that the city would check with officers who had not complied over the weekend before placing them on unpaid leave, but she did not believe this would happen on Saturday or Sunday. Instead, officers should report for duty until supervisors inform them that they have been placed on leave, according to Lightfoot. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, Covid-19 is the primary cause of death for cops around the country.

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