Nov 1, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Judge pauses vaccine requirement for Chicago police

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New police officers are sworn into the Chicago Police Department. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

An Illinois judge paused a vaccination requirement for the Chicago Police Department (CPD) until a lawsuit between the department and its union is settled, CNN reports.

Driving the news: The local Fraternal Order of Police lodge says they were negotiating CPD's COVID-19 policy when the department implemented "unilateral changes" per CNN.

Details: The pause will be in place until Dec. 31.

  • Cook County Circuit Judge Raymond Mitchell left the rest of the policy — including "reporting and testing obligations" — intact as part of Monday's ruling, per CNN.

Context: CPD Superintendent David Brown reports that of the 73% of officers who've reported their vaccination status, 80% are inoculated, per CNN.

  • Before the ruling, 35 officers were on unpaid leave, the police superintendent.

What they're saying: "We continue to encourage our department members to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This is about officer safety, as we've said repeatedly, and it's about protecting our families and the people we serve," Brown said according to CNN.

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