The Chicago Police Department reminded officers on Sunday to get vaccinated against COVID-19, warning that those who do not comply could have their retirement benefits threatened.
The memo was sent by a staff member of Superintendent David Brown’s office, telling officers to get vaccinated if they are not already. The memo threatened termination for unvaccinated officers and officers who resigned in disagreement with the mandate, according to the Chicago Tribune.
“Sworn members who retire while under disciplinary investigations may be denied retirement credentials,” the memo stated.
In response to the CPD, the Fraternal Order of Police sent out another memo, calling the order "invalid" and advising officers how to respond if asked to report their vaccination status.
The FOP offered recommendations to officers with language to use in the face of disciplinary investigations.
“Complying with this INVALID order and the violation of MY Bargaining, Constitutional and Civil Rights has furthermore caused me severe anxiety while challenging both my religious and moral beliefs," the FOP document encourages officers to tell their superiors. "I am in fact complying with this because I am being forced to do so under complete duress and threats of termination."
The CPD and the FOP memos come after Chicago FOP President John Catanzara told officers to ignore the city's vaccine mandate that began on Oct. 15.
Officers who did not submit proof of vaccination by the deadline were placed on "no pay" status, which Catanzara believes "will not last more than 30 days."
Neither the CPD nor the FOP immediately responded to the Washington Examiner's request for comment.
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Original Author: Asher Notheis