SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 11: Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan speaks at a press conference where Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best (L) announces her resignation as Deputy Chief of Seattle Police Adrian Diaz (R) looks on at Seattle City Hall on August 11, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)
UPDATED 12:42 PM PT – Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Law enforcement in Seattle are at risk of losing their jobs due to the mayor’s new COVID vaccine mandate. According to Seattle’s Jason Rantz radio show on Monday, more than 200 officers either haven’t been vaccinated or have refused to hand over their private medical data.
Last month, Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) issued the mandate requiring all city workers to be vaccinated by Oct. 18 or upon refusal, be fired. Seattle has already lost roughly 300 officers over the push to defund the police, resulting in a violent crime surge in the Democrat-ran city.
In the meantime, city officials have been working to cut a deal with Mike Solan, the president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild, who has said the vaccine mandate doesn’t make sense.
“If you are advocating for more police officers because you know crime is on the rise, you need more cops because of what the City Council did,” said Solan. “Why are you threatening us with our jobs if you don’t get this vaccination? It’s unbelievable to me, it doesn’t make sense.”
Additionally, Solan said ordering a mandatory vaccine to an already short-staffed police department is a recipe for disaster.
“It’s not about politics. It’s not about the debate with science. It’s around why are you tying in termination with this?”
A spokesperson for the mayor said they hope terminations won’t be necessary. However, if the officers choose not to get vaccinated, Seattle is set to lose an estimated 20 percent of its already depleted police force.