Union is suing to prevent unvaccinated NYPD detectives from being fired

A detective union has filed a lawsuit against the city to block the firing of unvaccinated detectives early next month, saying it could exacerbate the current crime spike.

The Detectives’ Endowment Association filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday to stop the city from filing a lawsuit on March 3.

The city has set a deadline for October 29 for city employees to be vaccinated. Over 13,000 city employees have requested exemptions, including over 6,000 requests from police officers, Gothamist reported.

By firing over 30 detectives and a portion of the 600 detectives who have pending religious and medical exemption requests, this will “eliminate approximately 10% of the rank dedicated to combating and investigating the crimes happening to the city’s citizenry almost daily,” claims the suit.

The lawsuit alleges the June 3 round of layoffs follows on the heels of 38 unvaccinated detectives who received resignation letters last week.

“When the city needs detectives most urgently to manage and investigate the significant rise in crime, respondents seek, through the misguided justification of mandate, to eliminate the best crime-fighting force in the city,” the lawsuit states.

A general view of a NYPD arm patch in the Times Square section in New York, NY on August 7, 2021.
The city has set a deadline for October 29 for city employees to be vaccinated.
Christopher Sadowski

The suit says the squad cannot afford to lose detectives because they need their expertise and experience to train incoming detectives. And the force was anticipating a wave of senior detective retirements as early as this summer.

“This ‘brain drain’ … will exacerbate the existing rise in crime because the department cannot simply plug in a new ‘number’ to fill this gap,” the court filings say.

“The need for a well-staffed, well-trained and experienced police force is essential in these troubling times,” the filing said.

A member of the Philadelphia Fire Department prepares a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a Philadelphia vaccination site.
As of May 10, 91% of the NYPD were vaccinated.
AP/Matt Rourke

The lawsuit calls the terminations “arbitrational and moody” and says the move “actually lacks a solid foundation.”

The city has already lifted the mask mandate for children, gyms and indoor dining, and lifted the vaccination mandate for athletes and artists. The layoffs “thus run counter to” the urgency “claimed by the defendants to enforce the mandate against DEA members,” according to the lawsuits.

City Hall spokesman Johan Allon told The Post: “Numerous courts have already ruled that the city’s vaccination mandate for public employees is lawful and enforceable.

Children in a classroom sit on a carpet.
The city has already lifted the mask requirement for children in schools.
Matthew McDermott

“All city workers—unless afforded reasonable accommodation—had to fulfill this order as a condition of their employment. We will defend this in court.”

As of May 10, 91% of the NYPD were vaccinated, according to a department spokesman, who declined to answer specific questions about how many detectives remain unvaccinated and how many have been fired.

In February, the city fired 1,400 unvaccinated community employees, including 36 from the NYPD.

The NYPD earlier this month suspended layoffs of nearly 5,000 employees in anticipation of the spike in crime over the summer months.

Additional reporting by Craig McCarthy and Nolan Hicks

https://nypost.com/2022/05/31/union-sues-to-block-unvaxxed-nypd-detectives-from-being-fired/ Union is suing to prevent unvaccinated NYPD detectives from being fired

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