Officers within Chicago‘s largest police union expressed their disapproval of Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot by giving her a vote of no-confidence, said police Superintendent David Brown and First Deputy Superintendent Eric Carter on Wednesday.
The union cited a “lack of consideration” for police officers’ working conditions, reported WTTW.
In a video posted by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, President John Catanzara stated that the members expressed themselves “loud and clear” regarding the vote.
“There was a motion from the floor and a second from the floor with the unanimous vote with zero dissent for a no confidence vote against the mayor, the superintendent, and the first deputy,” said Catanzara. “The basis for this no-confidence vote is pretty simple. It’s two-fold. It’s a lack of respect for the Gold Star families and the cancellation of the St. Jude parade, not only to Gold Star families but our members who look forward to remembering the fallen every year.”
“The second part of the no confidence vote was the working conditions for our officers for the better part of a year now, and the lack of consideration for family life, social life, whatever the case may be,” continued Catanzara. “Too many of our officers have worked extended hours not voluntarily but forced, and the compensation, for starters, is the same whether you volunteer or not. That makes absolutely no sense, but the department doesn’t give a damn.”
“The cancellation of days off and 12-hour shifts, yet again, for no reason, it is pretty close to a contract violation which says it has to be an emergency,” added Catanzara. “There is no emergency.”
“The superintendent was very clear with me on the phone that the reason this was being done was because of the anniversary of George Floyd’s death and the fear that something might happen,” continued Catanzara. “That’s not justifiable.”