Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Issues Vote of 'No Confidence' in Mayor Lightfoot, CPD Supt. Brown

Nick Kangadis | May 21, 2021
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Just a day after the world found out about the amount of racism plaguing Chicago’s City Hall in the form of the discriminatory letter penned by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a group which represents thousands of Chicago Police Department (CPD) officers conveyed their displeasure over separate issues with both the mayor and the head of the CPD.

The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) issued a vote of “no confidence” in Lightfoot and CPD Superintendent David Brown this week on the grounds that “officers are upset about canceled days off and forced 12-hour shifts,” according to CBS 2 - Chicago.

“Too many of our officers have worked extended hours, not voluntarily but forced,” Chicago FOP President John Catanzara said.

Another problem with the “extended hours” being worked by officers is that they’re reportedly receiving the same compensation for the “forced…shifts.”

While Supt. Brown kept a modicum of decorum about the situation by simply saying that officers are still “committed to this department and dedicated to protecting the people of Chicago.”

Lightfoot, on the other hand, is a different story. Acting with class apparently doesn’t enter the mayor’s office.

“Frankly getting a vote of no confidence from that guy is a badge of honor,” Lightfoot said of Catanzara, while not realizing that it’s not just him saying he has “no confidence” in her.

As reported on Thursday, Lightfoot was the center of another controversy after local Chicago media reported on the letter the mayor sent their outlets detailing how she would only grant interviews to commemorate her 2-year anniversary as mayor to “journalists of color,” while also basically saying that there’s too many white reporters covering the City Hall beat.