FOP President Catanzara Nazi Comparison

Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara responded to Mayor Lightfoot’s announcement of a vaccine mandate for all city employees in the worst way imaginable. He compared the mandate by the Mayor to the atrocities carried out by the Nazis in Germany during World War II. Catanzara has a history of opening his mouth and saying the absolute wrong thing. A great example of this is when he stated on video that he didn’t see anything wrong with what happened at the US Capital on Jan. 6th and that he understands why people would be mad about a stolen election.

Catanzara has a long history of misconduct and absolutely appalling social media posts attacking just about every minority group in American. CJP documented that history recently in our report on Catanzara that you can find here. His history of misconduct that we detailed is definitely is one of an officer that has no regard for the rules as the numerous complaints filed by other officers and supervisors against Catanzara prove.

Catanzara leads the largest union affiliated with Chicago Police Officers and only 30% of the entire department is vaccinated. This is from a agency that prides itself in being centered on public service and public safety. Clearly, Catanzara does not see a problem with thousands of officers everyday interacting with the public from all over the city and very likely spreading the virus.

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Tracy has nearly two decades of experience researching and working within criminal justice systems. When Tracy began pursuing a career dedicate to system reform, he found that no single organization existed to promote evidence-based discussions among law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Recognizing that citizens in Chicago deserved the right to demand transparency in their criminal justice system, Siska established the Chicago Justice Project. He received his Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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