San Francisco Chronicle
LAPD sued over vaccine mandate
A group of Los Angeles Police Department employees has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the city’s mandate that all L.A. employees be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The lawsuit, filed over the weekend, claims the mandate violates the employees’ constitutional rights to privacy and due process.
The six LAPD employees suing include individuals “who could not assert a medical or religious exemption” to the vaccine requirement, as well as individuals who have “experienced and recovered from COVID-19” and have natural antibodies to fight the virus, the complaint states.
The suit also claims the employees have been subjected to harassment and undue pressure to get vaccinated by LAPD leaders, including a captain who said during a roll call meeting that the city was willing to fire thousands of officers if they don’t get vaccinated.
It alleges commanders have called unvaccinated officers “unfit for duty” and told them that they would be denied promotions and special assignments based on their unvaccinated status.
Nearly half of the LAPD’s 12,000-plus workforce remain unvaccinated, according to recent data — a greater percentage than in the general public.