Thousands of LAPD employees plan to seek exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Thousands of LAPD employees plan to seek exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine mandate

9/14/2021 8:17:00 AM

Thousands of LAPD employees plan to seek exemptions to COVID-19 vaccine mandate

More than 2,600 LAPD employees have indicated that they plan to pursue religious exemptions, while more than 350 plan to seek medical ones, according to a source in city government.

In recent days, a group of LAPD employeesfiled a federal lawsuitchallenging the vaccination mandate, arguing that it violates their constitutional rights to privacy and due process. The employees who sued include people “who could not assert a medical or religious exemption,” as well as people who contend they have natural antibodies from getting the virus, according to the legal complaint, filed Saturday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

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On Monday, L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer called the lawsuit “much more political statement than it is sound legal argument” and said he was confident it would fail to overturn the city requirement.“It cannot be the case that the health of anyone’s child, anyone’s grandma, anybody in our city could be put at risk because they come into contact with a first responder who hasn’t been vaccinated,” Feuer said.

Firefighters 4 Freedom, a group opposing the vaccination mandate, has urged unvaccinated employees not to file for medical or religious exemptions, calling them “a trap.” Kevin McBride, the group’s attorney, argued in a recent letter to L.A. Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas that “the only reason to require firefighters to seek an exemption is to identify those who oppose the COVID vaccine mandate” for “potential misuse on this issue in the future.” headtopics.com

“The goal ... is to overturn an unconstitutional city ordinance, not to be granted a stay of execution,” Firefighters 4 Freedom wrote in an. “Getting any type of exemption will never make this problem of government overreach go away.”AdvertisementExemptions may be easier to secure than a legal judgment overturning the mandate, however.

Lindsay F. Wiley, director of the Health Law and Policy Program at American University Washington College of Law, called religious exemptions “an incredibly tricky area” for employers implementing vaccination requirements. The 1st Amendment limits the ability of government to distinguish between recognized religions and individual belief, Wiley said, which means an employer cannot simply toss out a request because it isn’t backed by an official in a recognized sect.

Wiley said some employers have scrutinized whether a worker is stating a religious belief in pursuit of an exemption, rather than expressing other kinds of concerns. But vaccination opponents have advised workers on how to word their exemption requests to avoid triggering such objections.

“The bottom line is, these are really easy to game,” Wiley said.AdvertisementThe L.A. ordinance defines the vaccination requirement as a condition of city employment but does not spell out what happens if someone refuses to get the shots and fails to get approved for an exemption. City officials have been in talks with employee unions about how the vaccination rules affect workers. headtopics.com

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The Los Angeles Police Protective League has argued that the city should allow weekly testing as an alternative to getting vaccinated, regardless of whether an employee has obtained a medical or religious exemption. In a written proposal, the police union argued that doing so “strikes an appropriate balance.”

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Bye Felicia And I plan to seek exemption from getting pulled over by LAPD. The religious exemption is complete bullshit. There’s no religion which requires infecting others with lethal diseases, these fake cops can resign or be fired. Like Elsa sings, let’em go, let’em go, let’em go. Nice to know we have so many fuck-nuts pretending to guard us here in L.A.....

alllocalpolitic There should be no religious exemption since they will still spread the disease or get sick - no matter what nonsense they believe in. scientology cops? Then I guess they won't be needing those face shields and helmets either. Lawless law enforcers. Remember the la riots ? Why was that ? They still have learned nothing. No police officer in this country has. And they do not want to. They know black people know who they are. And they know white people do not. That’s why they kill black people, and pass white people.

Ok maybe this is how we ultimately abolish police

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❄️❄️❄️ Watch, 28k will be from the same doctor in Santa Ana. Fire them all +254 785 049716 Whatsapp me on ... If you want to get some sweet goodtime with me, got tyt warm cookies, when I cum and moan hit it stronger And I hope they’re refused them. Time for them to suck it up, remember their responsibility to the residents and workers in Los Angeles and do their duty, not to believe Trump/anti-vaxxer conspiracy 🐂💩. LAPD

If they show such a serious lack of common sense, is it safe to allow them to have guns? They better assign the unvaccinated to desk duty because I'm not rolling down my window until you show me your vaccine card officer It’s convenient they are religious now. If an LAPD officer touches me I will sue them citing religious reasons because I don’t want to be touched. So is this how the world will be. It will be if this is allowed. Fed workers need to be vax. If u don’t like it. retire.

Good!! Can’t blame them!! Wait… cops don’t want to follow rules?!! That’s so out of character for the LAPD. Fire them all.

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This job is for men and women of valor. Those who understands sacrifice. Those who chooses to stand in harms way so others don’t have to. If they only want easy handouts, this is not a job for them. WTF is a 'religious exemption' for getting a vaccination Great, they can use their vacatiion and sick pay until the pandemic is over. Their vaccinated colleagues get all the overtime required to make up for the religiously-exempt cops' absences.

Few bad apples 🙃🙃🙃 How about exemptions for smallpox or polio vaccines. How about this, don't have a shot, get fired For narcissism? Sounds like thousands of new jobs will be available soon at LAPD Suddenly 2,600 out 12,000 lapd officer/employees belong to religious groups that oppose vaccines? Next LA Times articles will feature the religious organizations that oppose vaccination.

Big babies.

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I would advise Chief Moore, LAPPL, and LAFD to change course. I have expressed my thoughts and concerns in a polite and honest manner. Now is not the time to act and or behave this way, just please get vaccinated. It is for your own good. Save yourselves! The coronavirus is real. Those online services where you can become an ordained minister must be overwhelmed right now. 😉

So they can continue infecting the POC they’re disproportionately in close contact with? ACAB They can “seek” but doesn’t mean it will be found them. The vaccine mandate is a matter life and death. What sane person is afraid of a safe & effective vaccine but isn’t scared of the deadly Covid virus? Love it when they defund themselves with a plainly preventable disease 🤷‍♂️

“Thousands of LAPD employees to be shown the door…” Ahh, now I get it. This is how feds flush out all right-wingers. How can the public believe that Los Angeles police officers want to protect them when they refuse to protect themselves and refuse to lower the risk of transmitting a potentially deadly virus to those they encounter while on duty?

Ben_McRea DefundThePolice for real. Let them find other jobs that don’t require ‘protect and serve’

LAPD employees sue city over vaccination mandateA group of Los Angeles Police Department employees has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the city's mandate that all L.A. employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. You can't protect or serve the public as a likely vector for disease. Get your shots or stay home. ✊ Fire them. If you can get vaccinations for other things, then it's your choice to get fired. They're all KKK anyway.

You suppose to serve the community “Stop, or I will infect you!” I guess blue lives do matter more than the rest of us. Killing folks with covid if they can't kill them by other means? I say sure, proof your exemption but also sign away your medical care if you get sick or your pension that your family might get if you die

Same dudes that shot Tupac… Thousands ? Jeez Better have a really good reason, bull s..t won't cut it! So no sniveling just get vaccinated or be terminated! Any one trust LAPD? It really is a low class vaccine

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nice How is that protecting and serving their community? Good luck, idiots! Lay off every LAPD who won't. They're disease vectors otherwise.

LAPD employees sue city over vaccination mandateA group of Los Angeles Police Department employees has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the city's mandate that all L.A. employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. You can't protect or serve the public as a likely vector for disease. Get your shots or stay home. ✊ Fire them. If you can get vaccinations for other things, then it's your choice to get fired. They're all KKK anyway.