Mayor Lori Lightfoot Receives Vote of ‘No-Confidence’ from Chicago Police Union
'Lack of consideration' for police officers’ working conditions
Chicago’s biggest police union issued a vote of no confidence in Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Police Superintendent David Brown and First Deputy Superintendent Eric Carter cited a “lack of consideration” for police officers’ working conditions, WTTW reported.
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 President John Catanzara said in a video that the union’s members spoke “loud and clear” during Wednesday's meeting on 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. 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.
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."
"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."
"That’s not justifiable,” he said.
Lightfoot blamed the union for prolonging talks on a deal for thousands of rank-and-file police officers who continued to work without a contract, saying they were losing “literally tens of thousands of dollars” in pay every year.
“So frankly, getting a vote of no-confidence from that guy is a badge of honor,” Lightfoot commented in reference to Catanzara.
The news comes as hundreds of angry protesters took to Lightfoot’s home to show their disapproval of her job performance.
Over 300 demonstrators gathered outside Lightfoot’s house with signs giving her an “F” grade for police reform, the coronavirus, education, housing, and other things.
Earlier this week, Lightfoot faced backlash after announcing she would only grant interviews to “Black or Brown journalists."
The Mayor later responded to the backlash saying it was because of the "overwhelming whiteness and maleness" of the Chicago media institution.