Seattle Police Officers Deliver Message To City Government Regarding Vaccine Mandate

The City of Seattle’s vaccine mandate took effect for its police officers on Monday. That was the last date for employees to prove complete vaccination or be at risk of termination as the city followed Washington state’s requirements.

The mandate came when the police department was already suffering significant staffing issues after a year and a half of radical left riots and the “defund the police” movement.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has been steadfast in refusing to provide police officers alternatives to the mandate, even as the police union offered alternatives like regular COVID testing. Seattle Police Officers Guild leader Mike Sloan said that Durkan’s refusal to negotiate is “unreasonable and is void of common sense.”

Sloan added that the citizens are demanding more police resources for handling 911 calls and surging crime in all parts of the city. He decried the fact that the city had already lost roughly 350 cops before the mandate’s adoption “due to political treachery by politicians.”

One police officer who spoke to reporters anonymously said that the environment around the city government has been “pretty toxic and negative,” even before the mandate. He described his employment as “extremely demanding,” and he is “not convinced this would be a suitable location for me to work long-term for my mental health.”

Officers are not likely to be fired immediately under the mandate but will instead be given an administrative hearing to demonstrate cause why they have not complied with the requirement. At the beginning of this week, it was estimated that about six percent of the existing staff would be subject to discipline, including termination.

Some officers are expected to take leave time to consider their options, while others are likely to leave. Some officers have publicly protested the mandate, including hanging Gadsden’s “Don’t Tread On Me” flags from their patrol vehicle windows.

On Tuesday, a group of officers who lost their jobs due to the mandate went to city hall to leave their boots on the steps as a public gesture to the mayor.

A group of fired police officers joined with some firefighters who lost their jobs due to the mandate to spend Tuesday morning feeding the city’s homeless.