Encouraged by their unions to resist vaccination requirements, more cops are being killed by Covid than by any other cause, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. Another organization tallied 133 deaths in the first six months of 2021.
The same day, John Catanzara, the president of Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police, which represents the city's rank-and-file officers, made it clear that he did not intend to comply.
"It cannot be mandated," he told the Chicago Sun Times. "It's that simple."
In defending his members' right to violate Chicago's mandate, which takes effect Oct. 15, Catanzara made false claims about the vaccines' safety.
"This vaccine has no studies for long-term side effects or consequences," he told the Sun Times. "None. To mandate anybody to get that vaccine, without that data as a baseline, amongst other issues, is a 'hell no' for us."
One of the wildest things in these stories is reporters posing questions like "aren't you worried about the risk to public safety?" to police in Chicago.