More than 2,600 Los Angeles Police Department employees will request a religious exemption for their vaccinations, which is mandatory for all public employees in the city by Tuesday, Oct.5, said leaders of the civic panel that oversees the. department. . what is called “horrible”. “
Los Angeles Police Commission chairman William Briggs told the Los Angeles Times he was “very suspicious” that the 2,600 staff in the department had genuine medical or religious reasons for exemption.
Briggs told The Times: “Personally, I find it appalling that personnel in the Public Safety Department knowingly, knowingly and shamelessly endanger the lives of those they have sworn to protect.
According to ABC7, around 60% of the department’s workforce, which includes around 10,000 officers and 3,000 civilians, have been fully immunized so far.
Brigg’s comments were strongly condemned by the Union of Officers, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which berated Briggs’ comments as “widespread labeling” and demanded an apology.
“Its general labeling of religious exemption requests to be assessed as ‘suspect’ when not even submitted, it has long had a chilling effect on police officers exercising and expressing religious beliefs.” Aura, ”the Los Angeles Police Protective League board wrote in response to The Times.
“Sir. Briggs must apologize to everyone he has accused of lying without evidence and devote his time to getting away from the ‘suspect’: Murder in our town Huge increase in shootings and street robberies .
LAPD Police Chief Michael Moore told reporters he shared Briggs’ disappointment but would follow instructions from city officials.
“It’s a little disappointing that a core group in our organization is still refusing or refusing to take this vaccine,” Moore said in an interview with ABC7. “We want to follow the science. … This vaccination saves lives.
A study by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund found that more than half of the 264 officers who died on duty in 2020 were linked to COVID-19.
The Officer Down Memorial Fund also found COVID-19 to be the main killer of law enforcement officers in 2021.