A judge temporarily stopped Mayor Lori Lightfoot from implementing her vaccine mandate for police officers, in response to the police union’s lawsuit against the city.
Cook County Judge Raymond Mitchell issued a temporary restraining order on the mandate. He said the city could put unvaccinated police officers on unpaid leave, but could not fire them without a meeting with the arbitrator for the Fraternal Order of Police.
The ruling only applies to police, not to other city workers, and Lightfoot said it actually validates the mandate.
“If you look at what’s happening in court cases all across the country, whether it’s fire and police or others that are challenging these mandates, I’m not aware of a single instance in which a mandate put in place has been invalidated,” Lightfoot said of the ruling.
If Lightfoot ultimately gets her way, the police shortage–and the dozens of shootings that happen every week in the city–is likely to get even worse.
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