Showdown Chicago: Lightfoot v. lawmen over vaccine as bodies pile up

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is battling with police over a vaccine notification mandate while bodies continue piling up in the city.

As the bloodfest continues in Chicago—the weekend saw four more people killed and 20 wounded—Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago police are still butting heads over a vaccination mandate.

The Fraternal Order of Police, the agency’s largest police union, sent a memo to its members declaring a new memo issued by the police department regarding investigations if officers don’t comply is “invalid,” according to the Chicago Tribune. The department memo was reportedly sent by a member of Police Supt. David Brown’s staff.

The newspaper said the memo included this threat: “sworn members who retire while under disciplinary investigations may be denied retirement credentials.”

Lightfoot had set last Friday as a deadline. Cook County Circuit Judge issued a temporary restraining order stopping FOP President John Catanzara from making statements that allegedly encourage officers not to report their vaccine status, the Tribune reported.

There is evidently no love lost between Lightfoot and Catanzara, who has laced some of his recent comments about the mayor’s mandate with colorful language.

But in the background of all the legal and political wrangling is the body count. And it keeps going up.

According to the popular website, which monitors Windy City mayhem, so far this year 644 people have been murdered with firearms in the city, out of a total 684 homicides. October has accounted for 31 of those slayings, including 28 that were committed with firearms. Another 183 people have been so far shot and wounded, and with 2 ½ months remaining in 2021, the city could easily surpass 700-750 murders.

According to, more than 3,100 people have been shot and wounded so far this year. The city, or at least parts of it, is like a battle zone. And now the police are in a fight with Lightfoot over vaccinations. Last year, the website said, 792 people were murdered, including 719 who fell to gunshot wounds. That was the highest number since 2016, when more than 800 perished, and it marked a significant jump over 2019, when 519 people were killed, according to data.

Chicago is not alone in the wrangling over vaccination notification requirements. Police and fire departments around the country are reportedly experiencing the same thing. Monday was a deadline in Washington state.


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