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October 20, 2021

Chicago Government Threatens to Steal Cops' Retirement Benefits if They Resign to Avoid the Covid Vaccine

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The chief of police announced this threat, but directed questions about it to Lori Lightfoot's office. Which means the directive actually came from Groot.

The Chicago Police Department's top cop has threatened to deny retirement benefits to those who choose to retire from the job rather than comply with the city's COVID-19 vaccination policy, according to local reports.

Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown said that those officers who do choose to retire rather than follow City Hall’s orders "may be denied retirement credentials," the Chicago Tribune reported, citing Brown’s Sunday memo.

A spokesperson for the police department would not comment or confirm the report to Fox News and referred further questions to the office of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

The Lightfoot administration required that city workers report their COVID-19 vaccination status or be placed on unpaid leave, setting a deadline for this past Friday. Those who did not submit their vaccination status were told they would be placed on unpaid leave. Lightfoot said the no-pay status would not take effect until after the weekend because confirming compliance would take time.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Lightfoot said she was giving those who did not report their status "one last opportunity to do the right thing." But during that same appearance, she confirmed that police brass at CPD headquarters were questioning its personnel.

Chicago's police union has instructed cops to refuse to report their vaccine status, in order to defeat the mandate. It is estimated that 65% of cops in Chicago are vaccinated, "lagging far behind" other city police departments.

A law enforcement coalition has warned that Chicago could face a shortage of cops if Chicago continues side-lining cops. And suburban cops have warned: Don't count on us coming in to Chicago to replace the police you put on leave.

Chicago could face a shortage of police officers in emergencies due to the dispute over the city's vaccine mandates, prompting an effort to gather information about how many suburban agencies could be drafted in to provide backup.

A statewide law enforcement coalition told suburban police officials on Monday that the Chicago Police Department could need assistance in the event of an emergency, should large numbers of officers be taken off the job, the Chicago Tribune reported.


The help would be in case of an emergency like a plane crash or tornado, not to answer routine calls or patrol streets, Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) executive director James Page told the Tribune.

Page added that ILEAS is only gathering information on how many officers in the region would be able to help and how long it would take to deploy them at this stage.

ILEAS has been contacted for additional comment.

Some sheriffs have already said they would not be willing to send their deputies to the city.

Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain said he would not send any personnel to Chicago unless an officer is under "direct duress" because he does not support what he described as the "slanted agenda" of the city's politics.


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