CHICAGO — With the Ashburn neighborhood draped in blue, Chicago police Officer Ella French was laid to rest Thursday morning with stories about her well-documented compassion and desire to protect others. “We are only beginning to know her as you have known her over a lifetime,” Cardinal Blase Cupich of the Chicago Archdiocese told French’s family. “A woman with empathy for the sufferings of others, humble enough to know she could always improve and generous enough to the point of dedicating her life to making a difference in the world.” Speaking before mourners that included Chicago police Su...
Police union demanding COVID be treated as workplace injury says ‘dozens’ of troopers to quit over vaccine mandate
The union representing Massachusetts State Troopers is claiming that "dozens" are set to resign over the state's Republican governor's mandate that all executive department personnel provide proof of vaccination by October 17, or risk "disciplinary action including possible termination," according to the Associated Press. That mandate applies to "42,000 state workers and contractors in the executive branch."
In an undated statement the State Police Association of Massachusetts (SPAM) says "dozens of troopers have already submitted their resignation paperwork, some of whom plan to return to other departments offering reasonable alternatives such as mask wearing and regular testing."
In that same press release, union president Michael Cherven says they were suing "to treat a COVID related illness as a line of duty injury."
SPAM filed a lawsuit earlier this month "saying the Oct. 17 deadline would cause troopers 'irreparable harm' and they wanted more time to 'negotiate the terms and conditions of their employment.'"
There are about 1800 state troopers.
Last week, the Associated Press reported, Judge Jackie Cowin ruled that "the public interest is, unquestionably, best served by stopping the spread of the virus, in order to protect people from becoming ill, ensure adequate supply of medical services, and curtail the emergence of new, deadlier variants of the virus."
About 20 percent of Massachusetts State Troopers are unvaccinated.
Some conservatives are weighing in.
David Frum says their decision to resign "may be enabled by the favorable pension deals they receive, no matter what else they have done."
Massachusetts employs more than 1,800 uniformed state troopers. If 20 or 30 of them do resign over vaccine mandates… https://t.co/53fH6ctnms— David Frum (@David Frum) 1632763693.0
And Bill Kristol simply says, "Mandates work."
Trump is attacking vax mandates because his own base views him 'more skeptically' for endorsing vaccine: NYT reporter
On Monday, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman revealed that former President Donald Trump has taken a redoubled hardline against vaccine mandates in large part because he is spooked about his own base turning on him for his previous comments in favor of the vaccines.
Haberman's comments came in response to New York Times statistics flagged by The Intercept D.C. bureau chief Ryan Grim, revealing that "in counties where Donald Trump received at least 70 percent of the vote, the virus has killed about 47 out of every 100,000 people since the end of June," compared to just 10 out of every 100,000 people who live in counties that voted heavily for President Joe Biden.
Parts of Trump’s own voting base view him more skeptically now because of his support for the vaccine, and that ske… https://t.co/jmsSE1qgiP— Maggie Haberman (@Maggie Haberman) 1632776231.0
Trump, who historically has promoted anti-vaccine conspiracy theories and whose base is among the most vaccine-resistant groups in the United States, has previously made some efforts to promote the vaccine, whose development was spurred along by federal funding appropriated during his administration.
But his efforts have met resistance; at a rally in Alabama, the former president was booed by his own supporters for suggesting people should get vaccinated.
CNN host Jake Tapper on Monday warned that former President Donald Trump likely isn't done trying to overthrow the constitutional order of the United States government.
While discussing Trump's remarks over the weekend at a Georgia rally, in which he doubled down on his false claims about the 2020 election, Tapper said it sounded as though the former president is gearing up for a 2024 run at the White House in which he once again would not accept the election results if he lost.
"I think it is clear if you listen to Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger and others who care about this issue... Trump is going to try again," he said. "And he's going to be better positioned."
Democratic strategist Michael Starr Hopkins warned that Trump has succeeded in making American elections illegitimate in the eyes of his own supporters in the wake of his 2020 defeat at the hands of President Joe Biden -- and it's setting the United States up for a potential crackup.
"Trump has spent his entire career trying to delegitimize the press and now delegitimize the government," he said. "What do we do when half the country doesn't believe our elections are legitimate? That's how you break down a democracy."
Watch the video below.
'Trump is going to try again': Tapper sounds the alarm on future MAGA coups www.youtube.com
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