Chicago’s mandate for police caused concerns of a cop shortage at a time when the city is dealing with soaring violent crime.
So far this year, the city has seen 739 murders, a 3 percent increase from last year’s already elevated figure and a 60 percent jump from 2019. Shootings are up 9 percent and 66 percent from 2020 and 2019 respectively.
Lightfoot’s shaky standing with cops was worsened by the murder of Officer Ella French, with many turning their backs on the mayor when she visited French’s wounded partner in hospital.
Having previously defunded the police department, Lightfoot has now backed plowing more money into it amid worsening crime in her city.
The city insisted that those who didn’t comply with the vaccine mandate would eventually be placed on ‘no-pay status.’