Chicago police officers are fed up with Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who has spent the last couple of years making it infinitely more difficult for law enforcement to do their jobs and now has threatened the retirement benefits of those who refuse the vaccine, leading neighbor state, Indiana, to try to recruit dissuaded officers.
The city of Chicago issued a memo on Sunday night warning that if police officers do not comply with the city’s vaccination mandate by the end of the year and opt to retire instead, their benefits will be rescinded. Those who have yet to be vaccinated must submit to biweekly testing at their own expense leading up to the city’s deadline for the ‘jab’.
Additionally, all city workers must upload their vaccination status to a portal by Friday, October 22 or face no-pay status.
“A Department member, civilian or sworn, who disobeys a direct order by a supervisor to comply with the City of Chicago’s Vaccination Policy issued 8 October 2021 will become the subject of a disciplinary investigation that could result in a penalty up to and including separation from the Chicago Police Department. Furthermore, sworn members who retire while under a disciplinary investigation may be denied retirement credentials,” the memo reads.
— Mary Ann Ahern (@MaryAnnAhernNBC) October 18, 2021
If Lightfoot decides to clean house instead of respecting the personal decisions and the private medical records of the Chicago police force, neighboring Indiana will welcome those law enforcement officers with open arms.
“Hey Chicago Police Officers, we’re hiring! No vaccine mandate. Apply today….Lower taxes, great schools, welcoming communities.” the Indiana State Police said in a tweet.
U.S. Senator for Indiana, Mike Braun, offered to help officers looking to make the move to the Hoosier state.
“My office stands ready to help connect Chicago police officers to an Indiana police department that is hiring now and doesn’t have a vaccine mandate. Welcome to Indiana!” Braun tweeted.
— Sgt. Glen Fifield (@ISPLowell2) October 20, 2021
My office stands ready to help connect Chicago police officers to an Indiana police department that is hiring now and doesn’t have a vaccine mandate.
Welcome to Indiana! https://t.co/rtsQ1GIsF1
— Senator Mike Braun (@SenatorBraun) October 19, 2021
Fraternal Order of Police president John Catanzara has held the line against Lightfoot’s mandate.
“If we get a large number of our members to stand firm on their beliefs that this is an overreach…then it’s safe to say the city of Chicago will have a police force at 50 percent or less for this weekend coming up,” Catanzara said in a video attempting to force Lightfoot’s hand.
Senator Braun defended the 3,000 officers “defying this government overreach” in an exclusive statement to Fox News.
“Our police do the hardest job in the world, and they deserve respect — not losing their pay or being fired for refusing to comply with a ridiculous vaccine mandate…Indiana’s police departments are hiring now and will welcome you with the respect you deserve,” Braun promised.
Steve Scheckel, chief of police in Munster, Indiana, told Fox News that there is a “brighter future right over the border” for police officers dissatisfied with Lightfoot’s regulations.
“Here in northwest Indiana, in Munster, we have one of the top rated school systems in the state. [Officers] can send their kids to public school. It’s a low-crime community. Even though we’re 30 minutes from Chicago, we’re rated one of the 10 safest cities in the state of Indiana. So, it’s really just a step across the state line to a better life for the officer,” Scheckel persuasively mentioned.
“From the governor on down, in Indiana, we support our law enforcement. I think there’s a clear contrast between what’s going on in the city of Chicago right now and what’s happening in the state of Indiana,” the Munster police chief aptly remarked.
As of Monday, 64 percent of Chicago police officers reported their vaccination status through the city’s online portal, though it’s unclear how many officers are actually vaccinated versus those who opt for twice-weekly testing.
The police force faces a December 31st vaccination deadline, otherwise, they will be subject to face Lightfoot’s unjust consequences. Employees who were fully vaccinated by October 15 received, in return, a whopping singular personal day with an expiration date of June 30, 2022.
Indiana must be looking better every day to Chicago law enforcement who are being treated as criminals by city leadership who ignore real violent criminals and the skyrocketing crime rate.
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