127 Washington state police officers fired for refusing to comply with the vaccination mandate
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More than 100 Washington State Patrol employees were laid off after refusing to adhere to the state’s vaccine mandate.
“We will miss each of them,” said WSP boss John R. Batiste in a statement, reported Fox 13. “I would like to thank those who are leaving the agency. I really wish you would stay with us. You have my greatest appreciation for the hard and successful work you have done throughout your valued WSP career. You will forever have our respect for your courage and dedication in everything you have done for the agency. “
A total of 53 civilians and 74 officers – including 67 soldiers, six sergeants and a captain – were dismissed from their posts.
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Democratic Governor Jay Inslee announced a vaccination mandate for state employees in August, which went into effect Monday. The Washington State Patrol said it was working on a contingency plan and resources would be moved as needed while recruiting increases to fill academy classes.
“I am forever grateful for more than 2,000 people who have decided to stay with our agency,” said Batiste. “We must now turn our attention to ensuring that we are using our resources to keep our roads safe and to fulfill the other core law enforcement tasks that this agency has done with honor for over 100 years.”
Photos circulated on social media this week also showed Seattle police officers protesting the mandate by unfurling Gadsden flags from patrol cars.
“Some officials plan to take time off to decide what to do in the long term. You don’t seem ready to stay with the SPD. “Wrote KTTH radio show host Jason Rantz on Twitter, accompanied by the photos. “The officials took these photos in protest of the mandate.”
A Seattle business owner sounded the alarm earlier this week that the mandate would lead to staff shortages and longer waiting times for emergency calls.
“I feel like I am alone. I have nowhere to get help. I just open the door every day and don’t know if I’m going to be safe and sound with my family or if something is’ going to happen,” said Youssef. “The tourists won’t come, people won’t go out to buy things. It’s going to be like a ghost town, “Maher Youssef, owner of Youssef’s Pluto Organic Café in Belltown, told KING5 News last week.
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While there have been protests surrounding the mandate in recent weeks, many of which argue that they are not against the vaccine: They are against the mandate.
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“We’re all grown up and we know how to take care of ourselves,” Kelly Coyle, a former US Department of Transportation employee, told a local outlet earlier this month. “I don’t think you should force someone to inject something into your body that you don’t want and lose your livelihood.”