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Opinion Column by John Semmens
Vax Mandate to Pare Police Force
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's mandate requiring all city officers to get the COVID-19 vaccine has been met with defiance by John Catanzara, president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police. "This vaccine has no studies for long-term side effects or consequences. None," Catanzara said. "To mandate anybody to get that vaccine, without that data as a baseline, among other issues, is a 'Hell, no' for us."
Lightfoot insisted that "no one will be exempt. City employees are absolutely going to be required to be vaccinated. Anyone not vaccinated by October 15 will be terminated. If that means we have no police department, so be it. A lot of people have been advising me that we should replace our police with social workers anyway. At the very least, we will dramatically reduce the incidence of police shooting black men in our city."
Unfortunately, the vast majority of black men who get shot in Chicago are sho
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