Despite a crime wave that seems to never end, Chicago is already short on police officers. The city is operating a force that is 20% below its peak staffing levels. Now, with COVID vaccine mandate deadlines for police nearing, the city could lose another 1,000 officers overnight.
Democrat Chicago Alderman Brian Hopkins joined CNN’s Newsroom with Alisyn Camerota to discuss how dangerous the loss of those officers could be.
In response to the plight of Chicago’s police, Senator Mike Braun of nearby Indiana gave a statement to Fox News welcoming police officers to his state with open arms. Kyle Morris of Fox News reports:
Illinois police officers who may soon be out of a job due to COVID-19 vaccine mandates — specifically those in Chicago — can look to their eastern neighbor state of Indiana for less stringent job opportunities in law enforcement, according to Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., who says the officers “deserve respect.”
In a statement to Fox News, Braun said, “Our police do the hardest job in the world, and they deserve respect — not losing their pay or being fired for refusing to comply with a ridiculous vaccine mandate.”
Braun is welcoming officers to the state with arms wide open, urging the “3,000 Chicago cops defying this government overreach” to come to Indiana.
“Indiana’s police departments are hiring now and will welcome you with the respect you deserve,” Braun told Fox News.
“My office stands ready to help connect Chicago police officers to an Indiana police department that is hiring now and doesn’t have a vaccine mandate,” Braun said. “Welcome to Indiana!”
During an interview with Fox News, Steve Scheckel, chief of police in Munster, Indiana, echoed Braun’s sentiment and insisted there is a “brighter future right over the border” for officers who are under scrutiny for their views on vaccine mandates, noting that his department has already hired one individual from Chicago.
“We’ve been seeing more and more Chicago police officers when we do an emergency hire, which is basically a lateral transfer. They already have the academy” Scheckel said, adding that he is “absolutely” open to the idea of working alongside those “looking for a better quality of life for their family” who may have been ousted from their jobs.
Action Line: If your city or state isn’t treating you well, it’s time to look for a better America today.
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