Six members of the Los Angeles police department (LAPD) have filed a lawsuit against the city’s recent vaccine mandate, which requires all employees to get the shots against COVID-19.
In the lawsuit filed on Saturday, September 11, in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, the officers alleged that not only has the vaccine rules generated a hostile environment for the unvaccinated, it also violates their privacy and civil rights Los Angeles Times reported.
The complainants stated that the officers who sued the city could not take the shots due to medical conditions and religious beliefs. There also were those that recovered from COVID-19 infections, hence, had developed natural antibodies against the virus.
The lawsuit aims to overturn the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
“The city does not and cannot point to any evidence that vaccinated individuals have longer lasting or more complete immunity than those who have recovered from COVID,” the complaint stated, as reported by PoliceMag.com.
The complaint alleges that Los Angeles authorities had threatened to fire hundreds of cops who refused to take the vaccine, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Those who had not been immunized will also lose their chance of promotions and special assignments, with commanders viewing them as “unfit for duty,” the complaint revealed.
Last month, the Los Angeles City Council passed a policy mandating city employees to be completely vaccinated against COVID-19 by early October but accepted medical or religious exemptions.
Employees would be obliged to present evidence of COVID-19 immunization or a weekly negative COVID-19 test under the policy.
Aside from calling the weekly testing “highly intrusive,” as The Guardian noted from the plaintiff, the officers said the exemptions deadline had been too close for applications to be submitted.
NBC Los Angeles reported from several officials that the number of LAPD employees seeking religious exemption could mount to nearly 2,300. Combining those with medical issues, it would be up to 20% of the LAPD’s overall forces who don’t want the jab.
An LAPD spokesperson confirmed to the Guardian that the department had 47% of its staff fully vaccinated, with 54% receiving at least one dose of the shots.
Interpreting the lawsuit as a mere “political statement,” City Attorney Mike Feuer was not too worried that it could be influential enough to take down the policy.
“It’s a lawsuit that I am confident we will win,” Feuer said, per Daily News. “The U.S. Supreme Court, and courts across the country, have upheld vaccination mandates by government and they’ve done so because they said the greater good compels it. The greater good compels this right now.”