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Some 200 Seattle police officers who have refused to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by Monday’s deadline will likely bring litigation against the city to prevent their mass termination, as the department already grapples with staffing shortages. Which is seriously affecting 911 response.

National Police Association President Betsy Brentner Smith, a retired police sergeant, told Granthshala News Digital on Monday that she anticipates some “costly litigation” as more police officers will back down than the city administration understands.

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Ahead of Monday’s deadline, Seattle Police Officers Guild president Mike Solan said the Seattle Policy Department had already lost nearly 300 officers over the past 18 months, and he feared another “mass exodus” in the coming week. Expressed.

Solan did not immediately return Granthshala News Digital’s request for an update on Monday.

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“This lawsuit is going to be expensive,” Smith said. “I don’t think the city of Seattle is looking forward enough. I think what they’re trying to do is threaten these police officers to say you need to be vaccinated or we’ll fire you. I would have been a citizen, I am angry not only because we are going to have fewer police officers now, but also because the money is going to be wasted in this case.”

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“Police officers need to be able to make their own health decisions,” Smith said. “When you become a police officer, we know we’re giving up a lot of control — I’m told when I work, where I work, what I wear, what can I say This is just another layer of control over these officers which is unnecessary.”

“Right now, the coronavirus is the number one killer of on-duty police officers,” Smith said. “This is the number one line-of-duty death for US law enforcement. So it has not dawned on us that this is a very dangerous disease for us. But we, American law enforcement, have already been out in the pandemic. – Go. So we know how dangerous it is. And we need to be able to make choices. A non-law enforcement officer isn’t putting anyone in danger except himself.”

Several Seattle police patrol cars were photographed on Monday with Gadsden flags hanging from their windows in protest of the mandate, with the message “Don’t walk on me.” Meanwhile, a Washington State Patrol officer filmed himself Friday saying it was his last on the force after being denied a vaccine, delivering a strongly worded message to Washington Democratic Gov. Smith questioned what was the desired end game for Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and the city council, as Washington’s largest city is plagued by “violent crime out of control.”

“At the Seattle Police Department, no one has been more unfairly defamed than those police officers,” Smith said. “You can go back to CHOP/CHAZ and move on. It’s just another matter that this administration, led by Mayor Jenny, is already employing these troubled officers. I know for a fact that many Seattle police officers are seeking other employment whether outside of law enforcement or within a profession in another area.”

Last summer, “police defiance” protesters violently seized an abandoned police compound and nearly six city blocks in downtown Seattle, creating an autonomous region that Durkan himself oversaw. City crews eventually destroy the Mask Shift Barrier after a shooting fatality in the CHOP/CHAZ zone. In the early months following George Floyd’s death, Smith claims that Mayer left the most diverse recruiting class the Seattle Police Department had ever sat. Durkan is not seeking re-election, but both mayoral candidates said they support a vaccine mandate for police officers.

“Seattle voters have to decide if they want to change the direction of the city,” Smith said. “It’s just a dirty, sad city. And the Seattle Police Department is trying to change that.”

“I think what’s going to happen is more and more Seattle police officers will try to leave,” she continued. “People who have to stay because they’re at the end of their careers and don’t want to receive their pension or move out of Washington state are going to avoid activities that get them into trouble with their administration. So they’re not going to be as aggressive in crime prevention. They’ll just be responders and report takers because the mayor has worked so hard to demoralize them and I don’t think their predecessors will be much different. ”

Solan had earlier said that the officers would not face immediate dismissal on Monday. Those who choose not to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will receive a notice for a “loudermill hearing,” or a public forum, where an employee can present their argument for going against the mandate before formal isolation .

The union, representing some 1,000 Seattle police personnel, suggests the COVID-19 vaccine mandate could exacerbate staffing shortages, which in turn could put public safety at risk. As of last Wednesday, the Seattle Police Department activated its emergency three-stage mobilization plan, which includes sending detectives and non-patrol officers to emergency calls due to a shortage of patrol officers.

Solan told King, “Crime is on the rise in this city. Our community is demanding more police officers to answer 911 calls, and the fact that we’ve already had 350 police officers because of the political betrayal of politicians.” has lost it.” People believe in individual choice, and we have to represent everyone as a union. We’re not going to play the game of separation between waxed and unwaxed, it’s not about that. It’s about saving jobs.”