Story at a glance:
- Los Angeles Police Department employees filed a lawsuit against the city.
- By Oct. 20, Los Angeles city employees are expected to be vaccinated unless exempt for medical or religious reasons.
- Ten LAPD employees have died from COVID-19 amid an outbreak in the agencies.
A group of employees with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) are suing the city to challenge its vaccine mandate, claiming it is a violation of their constitutional rights.
The lawsuit comes as officers across the state threaten mass resignations. Earlier this month, the union that represents San Francisco sheriff’s deputies said a number of its officers who do not want to get vaccinated would quit and would rather opt for more frequent testing.
Six LAPD employees filed the recent suit, citing that the mandatory vaccine rule is creating a “hostile work environment” for those unvaccinated and that the requirement is a violation against employees’ privacy and civil rights, The Guardian reported.
By Oct. 20, Los Angeles requires city employees to be vaccinated unless there is a medical or religious exemption.
While police had access to the vaccine much earlier than the public, top California law enforcement agencies remain unvaccinated at disproportionately high rates, The Guardian reported.
Over the weekend, the six LAPD employees said in a federal complaint that vaccine mandates infringe on their rights to “bodily integrity” and constituted “coerced medical treatment.”
The lawsuit also states that commanders called unvaccinated officers “unfit for duty” and were told they would be denied promotions and special assignments, The Los Angeles Times reports.
Last week, President Biden announced the government would temporarily mandate that employers with more than 100 employees require workers to get vaccinated or be tested weekly.
California is not the only state dealing with police resignations. As Changing America previously reported, an entire Missouri police department, including the police chief and his officers, resigned, leaving the city of Kimberling without immediate authority.
However, the reasons were not related to COVID-19 vaccine requirements and had more to do with the lack of support Kimberling City Department Police officers were getting.
As of Sept. 3, 47 percent of LAPD employees were fully vaccinated, and at least 54 percent had received one dose of the vaccines, according to The Guardian. This means that LAPD employees are below the general population, 76 percent, in receiving one dose.
Ten LAPD employees have died from COVID-19 amid an outbreak in the agencies.
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