Chicago police union chief who once compared vaccine mandates to Nazi Germany tells officers to defy the city's requirement

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John Catanzara, president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, addresses attendees as Mayor Lori Lightfoot watches during the unveiling of names for five Chicago police officers at the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park in September. Four of the officers died of COVID-19 symptoms in 2020, and Officer Ella French was fatally shot on Aug. 7, during a traffic stop while on patrol.
John Catanzara, president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, addresses attendees as Mayor Lori Lightfoot watches during the unveiling of names for five Chicago police officers at the Gold Star Families Memorial and Park in September. John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images
  • Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara told members to defy a city COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

  • Chicago has asked city employees to submit vaccine information by Friday or face semiweekly testing.

  • "I do not believe the city has the authority to mandate that to anybody, let alone that information about your medical history," Catanzara said.

The head of the Chicago police officers union has urged members to defy the city's COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

In a video first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara told members not to enter information in the city's vaccine portal ahead of a deadline on Friday.

"I do not believe the city has the authority to mandate that to anybody, let alone that information about your medical history," he said.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's administration has ordered all city workers to submit COVID-19 vaccine information into an online portal by Friday.

Those who aren't vaccinated will either have to be tested for COVID-19 semiweekly or be placed on unpaid leave, the Associated Press reported.

This isn't the first time Catanzara has spoken out about vaccines - in August he compared vaccine mandates to something that would happen in Nazi Germany.

His comments come after data revealed this week that COVID-19 is the leading cause of death among police officers in the US.

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