Law enforcement groups are contesting vaccination mandates in most US cities.
Police and fireman unions in San Jose are contesting a vaccination mandate identical to the LA policy, claiming that it would result in workforce shortages.
Chaos Around US Cities After Police Violate Vaccine Mandates
According to a municipal spokesperson, 82 percent of sworn police officers are vaccinated, generally in line with community rates.
The city collaborated with union officials to develop the policy.
Us president Joe Biden has been faced with safety controversies occurring around major US cities.
There is an argument whether the police officers and other frontline responders should be penalized for violating COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The vaccine mandate demands that all city employees be vaccinated by October 20th unless they have a medical report or religious exemption.
Hundreds of San Diego police officers stated they would consider resigning rather than comply with a vaccine requirement. Even though COVID-19 has severely impacted first responders, resistance is growing.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, which chronicles deaths in the line of duty, more than 460 law enforcement personnel have died due to the virus. Chicago police officers are at the top in violating vaccine policy. There is already a video of union officials urging police officers to disagree with the rule of entering vaccine status into a Chicago city database.
Michael Mette, vice president of policy, sarcastically quoted ‘the hunger of games’ in his Facebook video, saying, “Welcome to day three of The Hunger Games, where we find out who the city is going to offer up as tribute.” The hunger games are teenage movies and books about a dystopian world where teenagers and children are chosen to fight to the death in front of rich adults. The question is, ‘who is the tribute?’
There is also chaos in the Los Angeles police department, where the police officers are complaining that the vaccine mandate has created a harsh environment for the unvaccinated officers. They said that the department is violating employees’ civil rights and privacy. The vaccine mandate has caused police officers in LA and unions to post a threat of mass resignation.
Vaccine regulations are either in place or on the horizon for police agencies in San Francisco and Denver. Despite criticism from the city’s main police union, New York’s mayor has announced he is considering the concept. According to the union representing 1,000 Seattle police officers, the demand may exacerbate staffing shortages, putting public safety at risk.
Interventions are taking place when many police agencies are already struggling with rising homicide rates and staffing shortages that have nothing to do with the vaccination. Cities and police chiefs are now evaluating the possibility of additional cops resigning, being fired, or being suspended due to their unwillingness to be vaccinated.
Union president Mike Solan said that People believe in personal choice, and we have to represent everyone as a union. They are not going to play games like separating the vaccinated from the unvaccinated. He also said it is a matter of preserving jobs. Oregon State Police troopers and Denver police officers have tried to stop vaccination mandates, but judges have dismissed their effort.