Denver Police Union Suggests It May Challenge Mayor’s Order Requiring City Employees Get COVID-19 Vax

A union representing more than 1,425 law enforcement officers in Denver issued a statement on Thursday saying its members “can be trusted with their own personal decisions” after Democratic Mayor Michael Hancock ordered city employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of September.

“As to the Mayor’s current health order, the Denver Police Protective Association respects and trusts our members with their own choices on how to maintain their health, the health of their families, and the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Denver in a profession that exposes them on a daily basis to violent criminals, as well as multiple contagious and infectious diseases prevalent in our community,” the statement reads. “Health and safety has been and always will be a core value and personal commitment to every officer serving the community. Our members can be trusted with their personal decisions.”

The Denver Police Protective Association (PPA) had no additional comment to local media outlets.

An anchor with the CBS News affiliate in Denver posted a widely-shared tweet that said the union “will not
abide by the mayor’s order for city workers to get vaccinated.”

On Thursday night, the outlet broadcast a report saying 57% of Denver police officers are not vaccinated against coronavirus, citing a survey by the union. The same poll found more than 71% of members would not get immunized as a condition of employment, the report said.

After it aired, PPA issued another press release claiming the report was “not accurate and is the definition of ‘fake news.’” The union said it conducted “an internal, informal and unscientific survey” that was not released because the “responses were statistically and mathematically…far away of realistic numbers.” – READ MORE