Washington state workers were required by law to provide proof of vaccination, as we reported earlier.
This is costing the state people who had dedicated a lot of their lives to the service of others, like a Washington state trooper whose final video “sign-off” went viral before he was separated from his job after 22 years.
Seattle is acting in accordance with the state’s deadline and requiring people like police to be vaccinated by today. Already the city has lost officers as a result of radical leftist protests in the last year, and efforts to defund them.
Mayor Jenny Durkan won’t offer alternatives to regular testing or masking, as suggested by the Seattle Police Officers Guild.
“For some reason, this mayor is refusing that, which I think is unreasonable and is void of common sense,” union leader Mike Solan said.
“Crime is surging in this city. Our community is demanding more police officers to answer the 911 calls, and the fact we’ve already lost close to 350 police officers because of the politicians’ political betrayal,” Solan said.
The officers had had enough. “The environment has been pretty toxic and negative,” an unnamed officer told Fox 13 News. “Not just from this whole mandate, but prior to that as well. I’m not sure this would be a good place for me to work long-term for my mental health. It has been very stressful.”
The city officers wouldn’t be fired immediately but will be provided the opportunity for a “Loudermill hearing” to state why they are failing to comply before they are terminated.
This reportedly affects about 6 percent of the department, according to reports. Durkan offered a “bribe” of time off and $1,750 for “front line workers” but their Police Officers Guild didn’t agree.
Others will take some time to reflect, while others may just be leaving. But some of the officers had a very visible and clear message for Jenny Durkan – Gadsden flags hanging out their windows.
Some officers are planning to take time off in order to determine what their future plans will be. They don’t seem eager to stay with SPD.
Some others stated that this is why they were leaving the SPD at the end of 2012.
In protest against the mandate, officers took these photographs. pic.twitter.com/0mkfdklo0F
— Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) October 18, 2021
We’ve seen that before with other mandate protests including when hundreds came out this weekend to protest the Boeing mandate in Everett, Washington as well as flying from a pilot’s window of Southwest plane allegedly against their mandates.
It would be reasonable to assume that Durkan would learn from her mistakes in dealing with police officers and have embraced the madness of BLM. This led to people being murdered, and her city having been under siege for several months. But she didn’t and she’s willing to endanger the citizens yet again with this measure. Their situation will get worse if more officers are lost.