Daily Beast: The coronavirus killed more police officers in America last year, 145, than the 135 who were killed on the job in 2019 by gunfire, heart attacks, car crashes and everything else combined.
This year, COVID-19 is on track to again be the leading cause of death for cops, though the still-climbing death toll could be significantly slowed by the vaccine, which is widely available, highly effective and, not for nothing, a solution the National Fraternal Order of Police asked their 350,000 members be given early access to back in January.
Plano police lieutenant’s death attributed to COVID-19 https://t.co/AiKDsmrOMX— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) September 20, 2021
But cops around the country are not only refusing to wear masks where they’re required and when they’ve been ordered to, they’re also vocally opposing vaccine mandates—threatening walkouts, demanding exemptions on specious grounds, and, in many places, filing lawsuits. The grim reality that one out of every 500 people in the U.S. have died of COVID since the pandemic began isn’t apparently enough to motivate many police to get vaccinated.
45 yo Charles Roberts from Glen Ridge, NJ was one of the first police officers to die from COVID in May 2020, b4 vaccines were available. He collapsed at home when his heart stopped. His kids heard the thud. His son turned 12 today. All he wants for his Bday is a COVID vaccine pic.twitter.com/koD29XH3R2— Cleavon MD 💉 (@Cleavon_MD) September 19, 2021
It’s one more indicator of how little an awful lot of cops care about “public safety,” and a reaffirmation of how many officers see themselves as above the law.
(A similar dynamic is playing out in prisons, where the corrections union has sued to overturn a vaccine mandate in Pennsylvania, while their counterparts in Massachusetts have sworn to investigate “all legal and legislative” options to avoid consenting to a vaccine order. Add in many jail staffers’ reported resistance to even wearing masks, and you have a toxic breeding ground for COVID transmission complete with a captive audience.) Read more…