Among the most outrageous, gobsmacking vaccination-mandate scenarios: resistance from those in law enforcement. It’s disturbingly ironic that a number of those charged with public safety can’t fulfill their critically necessary roles during a pandemic that has already killed more than 700,000 Americans. From Massachusetts state troopers to Chicago cops, officers and their unions have been pushing back—and sometimes resigning—over required vaccinations.
Another irony besides being contrary to the public-safety calling: Vaccinations are self-serving. Cops can’t maintain social distance on the job and can’t mask everything. Since the start of the pandemic, more than 460 American law enforcement officers have died–at least 125 since August–from COVID infections linked to their work. That’s more than four times as many officers who have died from the virus as from gunfire. “If this was cops getting shot on the streets of America today at this number, there would be outrage,” underscored Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum.