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On Sunday, “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” examined police officers refusing to follow vaccine mandates. Despite the fact that of police have died from Covid-19, officers all over the country are pushing back against and threatening to walk off the job. And Oliver put those officers on blast by using their own defense against them.
“The constant refrain we hear from cops every time they kill an unarmed black person is, ‘They should have complied with commands’, because as long as you comply things will supposedly go well,” Oliver said. “But that only seems to work one way. When officers are asked to follow simple rules or face consequences, a not insignificant amount of them flip their s***.”
While Oliver understands that getting the vaccine is the choice of the officer, he points out that failure to comply with direct orders also has consequences.
“If an officer wants to quit over this, f***ing let them,” Oliver said. “Let the individuals who clearly don't care about public safety stop being in charge of public safety. It’s really that simple.”