Chicago’s rank-and-file police officers issued a vote of “no-confidence” against Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her chosen head of the city’s police force, David Brown.
The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the city’s largest police union, voted Wednesday against Lightfoot, Brown, and Brown’s first deputy, Eric Carter. The FOP said the vote was unanimous among the 150-200 officers who showed up to the meeting, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The vote comes as the FOP continues to hold out against Lightfoot’s administration amid disagreements over the union’s next collective bargaining agreement. The FOP has gone without a collective bargaining agreement for the past three years.
The FOP says that the “no-confidence” vote, which is symbolic with no official ramification, is a rebuke of recent orders by the administration curtailing officers’ days off and increasing their shifts from 8 ½ hours to 12 hours.
Lightfoot also canceled the Chicago Police Department’s annual St. Jude Memorial March for fallen officers over COVID-19, according to the Tribune.
“It was a slap in the face to every member, especially the Gold Star Families who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, and deserve that respect annually, period, no excuses,” FOP President John Catanzara said, according to CBS Chicago.
The increased pressure on Chicago’s cops comes as the city is experiencing a spike in crime. “Through May 2, homicides in the city were up 22% over the same period last year, going from 160 to 195, official CPD statistics show. The 195 slayings were also a 35% jump over the last two years. Total shootings through May 2 were also up over the last two years by 58%, the statistics show,” the Tribune reports.
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