CPD memo lists consequences for failing to comply with vaccine status reporting order

COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- We could find out Monday how many city workers have actually followed the city’s order to report their vaccination status. Meanwhile, the stand-off between the city and its police union over a vaccine status reporting order has ratcheted up and there is no end in sight.

A memo from the Chicago Police Department is to be read at all roll calls. It warns officers that failing to comply with a direct order - following the city’s vaccination policy - could result in a disciplinary investigation and possibly dismissal from the department.

"TO BE READ AT ALL ROLL CALLS FOR SEVEN (7) CONSECUTIVE DAYS. This AMC message informs Department members of consequences of disobeying a direct order to comply with the City of Chicago's Vaccination POlice issued 8 October 2021 and being the subject of the resulting disciplinary investigation. A Department member, civilian or sworn, who disobeys a direct order by a supervisor to comply with the City of Chicago's Vaccination Police issued 8 October 2021 will become the subject of a disciplinary investigation that could result in a penalty up to and including separation from the Chicago Police Department. Furthermore, sworn members who retire while under disciplinary investigations may be denied retirement credentials. Any questions concerning this AMC message may be directed to the Legal Affairs Division via e-mail," the memo said.

The Fraternal Order of Police followed up with a post on Facebook showing a picture of an unmasked Mayor Lightfoot celebrating the Chicago Sky’s championship win, while all those around her at Wintrust Arena were following the city’s rules and wearing masks.

The post reads, "Still think this is about COVID or public health?? This mayor is a complete and utter joke. She is the epitome of hypocrisy. This is plan and simple union busting. The other city unions better wake up. Today it's us under attack. Tomorrow it will be you if you challenge this tyrant. We will not relent."

The union is advising police officers to turn on their body cams if a supervisor is going to verbally tell them they have not followed the vaccine reporting mandate.