Police unions and officers are pushing back by filing lawsuits to block the Vaccine mandates. As the deadlines loom over police departments nationwide, law enforcement leaders and politicians must weigh whether defiant officers can keep their jobs amid an already-depleted police force.

Chicago’s mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday filed a complaint in court against the leader of the local Fraternal Order of Police, accusing him of “engaging in, supporting and encouraging work stoppage or strike” by saying the city’s more than 12,000 uniformed officers should ignore the order to report their vaccination status.

Chicago Police Union President John Catanzara also urged members not to report their status. The head of the Baltimore police union did the same too.

Police departments nationwide have been experiencing staffing shortages since before vaccine mandates took place. According to a report from the nonprofit National Police Foundation, 86% of law enforcement agencies nationwide reported a staffing shortage in 2020.

John Catanzara, president of the FOP local in Chicago, said about half of his members have not been vaccinated and called a mandate requiring inoculation “absolutely wrong.”

“They were willing to go into a no-pay status at midnight tonight and get sent home. You know, the reality is we have a profession nobody else wants to do right now. They cannot get anybody to go into this police academy,” he said.

Hundreds of police officers in San Diego said they would consider quitting instead of complying with a vaccination mandate.

Workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory — the birthplace of the atomic bomb — faced a deadline Friday to get vaccinated or risk being fired. A New Mexico judge denied a last-minute request by dozens of scientists and others to block the mandate.

As of last week, nearly 300 of the 1,000 uniformed officers in Seattle had either not turned in paperwork showing they were vaccinated or were seeking an exemption, the mayor’s office said. But scores more are believed to have been vaccinated since then.

Dr Anthony Fauci however urged police officers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, saying the resistance “doesn’t make any sense” as “more police officers die of covid than they do in other causes of death.”

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