Chicago cops issue vote of no-confidence to Mayor Lori Lightfoot days after she's slammed for silencing white reporters
THE Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) in Chicago voted on Wednesday that it has no confidence in Mayor Lori Lightfoot due to police officers’ poor working conditions.
FOP, the Chicago Police Union, also issued a no-confidence vote in Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown and First Deputy Superintendent Eric Carter, according to CBS News.
The collective vote was issued by around 200 active and retired officers, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The union, which represents around 8,000 Chicago Police Officers, said that it issued the no-confidence vote because police officers have been working 12-hour shifts and their days off have been canceled on some instances.
“Too many of our officers have worked extended hours, not voluntarily but forced,” said Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara, according to CBS News.
Lightfoot said that the no-confidence vote is a “badge of honor.”
“Four years on and their members are not getting any kind of wage increase,” she told CBS News. “They haven’t gotten a wage increase in four years and why? Because the current administration of the FOP has decided that the best strategy is to do nothing.”
“FOP does not want to face the situation they are in,” she added.
Catanzara also said that the no-confidence vote was because the Chicago Police Department canceled its annual St. Jude Memorial March due to the pandemic.
This is the second consecutive year in which the event is canceled.
“It’s a lack of respect for the Gold Star families and the cancellation of the St. Jude parade,” Catanzara said in a video.
“It was a slap in the face to every department member, especially the Gold Star families who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and deserve that respect annually,” he said. “Period. No excuses,” he added.
However, the Chicago Police Union is considering leading the march next year on its own, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The FOP previously issued a no-confidence vote against Eddie Johnson in 2019 and Jody Weis in 2009 when they were both serving as police superintendents.
This week, Lightfoot said that from now on she will only give interviews to journalists of color.
Lightfoot used the second anniversary of her election to announce the move, which she said was in protest at the "overwhelming whiteness " of the city’s news media.
"I ran to break up the status quo that was failing so many. That isn't just in City Hall," Lightfoot tweeted Wednesday morning.
"It's a shame that in 2021, the City Hall press corps is overwhelmingly White in a city where more than half of the city identifies as Black, Latino, AAPI, or Native American.
“Diversity and inclusion is imperative across all institutions including media. In order to progress we must change,” she said.
“This is exactly why I'm being intentional about prioritizing media requests from POC reporters on the occasion of the two-year anniversary of my inauguration as mayor of this great city,” she added.
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