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According to local reports, the top police officer of the Chicago Police Department has threatened to deny retirement benefits to those who choose to retire from the job instead of following the city’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.

The Chicago Tribune, citing Brown’s Sunday memo, said that Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown said that officers who choose to retire rather than obey City Hall orders “may be denied retirement credentials.” “

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A spokeswoman for the police department would not comment or confirm the report to Granthshala News and would send further questions to the office of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

The Lightfoot administration was requiring that city workers report their COVID-19 vaccination status or be placed on unpaid leave, setting a deadline of this past Friday. Those who did not submit their vaccination status were told they would be placed on unpaid leave. Lightfoot said the no-pay situation would not take effect until after the weekend because it would take time to verify compliance.

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Speaking to reporters on Monday, Lightfoot said she was giving those who didn’t report her condition “one last chance to do the right thing.” But during the same appearance, he confirmed that the police officers of the CPD Headquarters were questioning his personnel.

Starting this morning, the CPD has a list, starting with headquarters and then branching out into other divisions, to make sure they go to the individuals on that list. Talking to them and verifying whether they have actually signed up on the portal, and giving them the opportunity to be compliant and “take action from there in cases where they are not.”

In those cases “they are put in a no-pay situation and then the disciplinary process will proceed from there,” she said.

When asked, she said she would not consider a third option in which an official would opt out of sharing her vaccination status, but would pledge to conduct regular tests as needed.

Lightfoot said the number of people actually declining is “very small” and added that he sees no signs “there is going to be a disruption in our ability to keep the community safe”.

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Speaking on Thursday, he said his expectation was that “those who took an oath to serve and protect the city are going to honor that oath and they’re going to show up, they’re going to report for duty.” are going, and they are going to follow the legal instructions from the city and the orders of the police department.”

He said: “Anything less would be disobedience.”

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Chicago police officers clarified Thursday that officers who refused to comply with the city’s mandate risk being disciplined or fired.

First Deputy Superintendent of Police Eric Carter said officers would be expected to meet Friday’s deadline unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption. Under city rules, people who weren’t vaccinated by Friday will have to get tested twice a week at their own time and expense until the end of the year, when they’ll need to be vaccinated.

But the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) has strongly opposed the mandate.

Last week, FOP president John Catanzara said that if officers were removed, the city would have a police force “at 50% or less to come this weekend.”

He directed officials to file for an exemption to receive the vaccine, but not to enter that information into the city’s portal, telling the rank-and-file, “I don’t believe the city has to let anyone know.” also has the right to order this, let alone that information about your medical history.”

The FOP posted instructions on its website on what to do if officials are directly ordered to report their vaccination status on the city’s portal. This time, it posted a letter that the officers can sign and present to their superiors.

The document said: “Compliance with this invalid order and my breach of bargaining, constitutional and civil rights has caused me serious concern, challenging both my religious and moral beliefs. I am indeed abiding by it.” because I am being forced to do so. So completely under pressure and threat of dismissal.”

After this both the parties have taken legal action against each other.

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A judge has accepted the city’s request for a temporary injunction that bars Catanzara from making any public comments that impede FOP members for disobeying the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate until the next hearing on the city’s lawsuit. encourages. 25 October.

Granthshala News’ Daniel Wallace contributed to this report, as well as the Associated Press.