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Oct 17, 2021, 11:43:13 AMOct 17
When the virus kills more people than the job does, and they still
won't take the vaccine, is there any hope form the human race left?



Five times as many police officers have died from Covid-19 as from
gunfire since start of pandemic. By Ryan Young, Jason Morris and Ray
Sanchez, CNN. Updated 4:43 PM ET, Sat October 16, 2021.

Jessica Desfosses shared the final heartrending text messages she
exchanged with her police officer husband in the days before he died
from Covid-19.

"Commercial just came on tv a casket saying take Covid seriously... 0
consideration for those of us fighting for every breath," Stephen
Desfosses wrote in a series of exchanges that began last Christmas Eve
as his condition steadily deteriorated in a Massachusetts hospital.
"Your husband is going to [be] changed forever no matter what
happens...my life has flashed before my eyes and man it's scary," he
wrote in another message, which his wife posted to Facebook last summer.
Det. Sgt. Stephen Desfosses, 52, a veteran of more than 30 years with
the Norton Police Department, died on January 13. He was one of at least
231 officers who died of Covid-19 this year, according to the Officer
Down Memorial Page (ODMP). There were 245 law enforcement deaths from
Covid-19 in 2020, according to ODMP.

The coronavirus has become the leading cause of death for officers
despite law enforcement being among the first groups eligible to receive
the vaccine at the end of 2020. The total stands at 476 Covid-19 related
deaths since the start of the pandemic, compared to 94 from gunfire in
the same period. "If you are serious about your commitment to protect
the public ... and if you are serious about your personal commitments to
your family, then that should be enough," Jessica Desfosses said in a
plea for police officers to get vaccinated. Her appeal comes as law
enforcement officers and their unions across the country have resisted
vaccine mandates despite the Delta variant-fueled resurgence of Covid-19
and effectiveness of the shots in preventing severe cases and death.
Reasons cited for the vaccine resistance among law enforcement officers
range from disinformation to distrust in the science of the vaccines.
The debate mirrors growing tension nationally between unions and
employers as cities and businesses seek to enforce vaccine mandates.
"You're not drafted into this job. This is something you volunteer for,"
said Charles Ramsey, a former Washington, DC police chief and CNN law
enforcement analyst. "You understand when you take the job it's going to
require some sacrifice on your part in a lot of different ways." Police
unions challenge Covid mandates.

Police departments cope with officers' vaccine hesitancy 02:37
In Chicago, up to half the rank-and-file officers in the nation's second
largest police department face being placed on unpaid leave as their
union and Mayor Lori Lightfoot clash over a city requirement that
officers disclose their vaccine status. Lightfoot on Friday accused
police union president John Catanzara of trying to "induce an
insurrection" by telling officers to ignore a deadline to report vaccine
status. The city filed a complaint alleging the union was "encouraging a
work stoppage or strike." A Cook County Circuit judge ruled Friday night
that Catanzara should not make public statements encouraging members to
not comply with the vaccination policy. Catanzara "has never engaged in,
supported, or encouraged a work stoppage," according to a union
statement on Friday.

Chicago officers had a deadline of midnight Thursday to disclose their
vaccine status or be placed on unpaid leave, Catanzara said earlier this
week. Lightfoot said the city would take the weekend to check with
officers who haven't complied. She said officers should report for duty
until they're told by supervisors that they've been placed on leave.
Earlier this month, the former president of the union from 2014 to 2017
died of Covid-19. In Miami, officers are resisting a vaccine mandate. In
Pittsburgh, the police chief sent out emails encouraging officers to
protect themselves as the Delta variant sent Covid-19 cases soaring. In
Seattle, the police department had "all non-patrol sworn personnel,
detectives, training, support staff" ready to respond to emergency calls
ahead of Monday's vaccination mandate deadline, said Sgt. Randy Huserik,
a spokesman. The Seattle mayor's office said nearly 140 officers were
unvaccinated or hadn't sought an exemption. Huserik said about 320
officers had already left the force since the beginning of 2020. Seattle
could begin the process of separating officers from the department after
the deadline, according to Mike Sloan, police union president. "If we
lose what appears to be over 300 people because of this mandate, this
public safety crisis we're experiencing will look like child's play,"
Sloan said. Loss of 'outstanding officer' hits home
Across the US, law enforcement leaders have pleaded with officers who
remain hesitant to get the shot. Still, many unions and their member
officers continue to push back. "It's a right to obviously get
vaccinated. It's an individual right and I firmly still believe in
that," said Dan Yancey, chief of the Owasso Police Department in
Oklahoma. "But I would certainly encourage people to do that." In Baker,
Louisiana, outside of Baton Rouge, the Covid-19 death last August of Lt.
DeMarcus Dunn prompted many colleagues to get vaccinated, according to
Police Chief Carl Dunn.

"He lost his father at a very young age and it was a village that raised
him," Chief Dunn said of the officer. "And when you talk about an
outstanding officer, an outstanding citizen, an outstanding person that
always gave back, it struck us. It was a big void in this department to
lose an outstanding officer like that." Before the lieutenant's death on
August 13, about 70% of the police force was unvaccinated. Now, 95% of
the city's 40 officers have received the shot, according to the chief.
"The point I try to get across is, this pandemic, it supersedes any kind
of political, any kind of beliefs, anything that you have that makes you
reluctant to get vaccinated," Chief Dunn said. The national police union
is encouraging vaccinations but opposes mandates. Catanzara has framed
the issue as a labor dispute.

"We are going to keep fighting this mandate and this dictatorship," said
Catanzara, president of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police, echoing
the sentiments of union leaders around the country. "You would think
that there is no crime in this city to worry about. You would think that
there is no murder, no robberies, no guns being fired." Late last month,
hundreds of Washington State Patrol employees requested religious and
medical vaccination exemptions one day after the agency announced the
Covid-19 death of a trooper. Washington state employees must be fully
vaccinated by Monday. The mandate affects 60,000 state employees and
40,000 health care workers. "We invest quite a bit with the vetting and
training these individuals. We don't want to lose them as friends or
lose them because of Covid," said Chris Loftis, Washington State Patrol
spokesman. Widow gets copies of vaccination cards
Michael Weiskopf, 52, a police officer in St. Petersburg, Florida, died
on August 27 after battling Covid-19 for about a month. He was an
18-year law enforcement veteran. "This was horrible and it did not have
to happen," said his widow, Karen Weiskopf. "He was so strong. He was so
healthy... He was my best friend. Perfect husband." Karen Weiskopf said
she's vaccinated but her husband was reluctant. She tried several times
to convince him.

"He wasn't sure what was in the vaccine... I felt like Mike did not get
vaccinated because he didn't have all the facts," she said. "There's a
lot of information just kind of moving around... Science leaves the
picture. It just becomes chatter." Karen Weiskopf believes her husband's
death served as a warning to other vaccine-reluctant officers. "To this
day I still get letters. I get calls," she said. "I'll get copies of
people's vaccination cards in the mailbox that I don't know." Jessica
Desfosses wants to turn her unspeakable loss into an opportunity to save
lives. "It's absolutely as bad as you would imagine to be raising two
small girls without their dad," she said of her late husband, Stephen,
who "wanted to be first in line for that vaccine" but never got the
chance. "And if he had had the choice to give himself that extra
protection so he could continue to serve the public and still come home
to his family, he absolutely would have done it." This story was
reported by CNN's Ryan Young, Jason Morris, Priya Krishnakumar, Peter
Nickeas, Claudia Dominguez and Ray Sanchez. It was written by Sanchez.


Oct 18, 2021, 10:03:43 AMOct 18
JWS <jld...@skybeam.com> wrote in
> Faith is a powerful force. For people
> who can not think, it's a god-send.
> (ROFLMAO -- I crack myself up.)
> With the help of Fall and Winter,
> faith can help eliminate many of
> these individuals. Sounds harsh,
> but there is no other way. You can
> always take comfort in the fact
> that it was their choice, not yours.

Very excellent points! I'm getting my
booster shot and "over 65" flu shot as
soon as I can.


Oct 18, 2021, 10:11:07 AMOct 18
You should do what you think is right for you.

I don't feel the need to make that choice for you.

Goodbye for now, in case we don't hear from you again...

That's karma,

Democrats attempt at mandated assimilation is futile, a successful
resistance is inevitable.

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