On Monday, a reporter asked the Democrat about the Fraternal Order of Police's unwillingness to support Chicago's vaccine mandate for city employees.
"What we've seen from the Fraternal Order of Police, in particular leadership, is a lot of misinformation, a lot of half-truths, and, frankly, flat out lies in order to induce an insurrection. And we're not having that," Lightfoot told reporters. "And so we want to make it very, very clear that the law is on our side. We feel very confident about it."
Lightfoot also explained why the city had taken legal claims against the police union.
"So you ask the question of why the lawsuit," she began. "Because we believe that the FOP leadership is trying to foment an illegal work stoppage, a strike, pure and simple. We've laid that out in the materials. And we're not having that. The contract is clear."
Last week, Catanzara called for officers to not comply with the city's vaccine mandate.
"I've made my status very clear as far as the vaccine, but I do not believe the city has the authority to mandate that to anybody — let alone that information about your medical history," Catanzara said in a video announcement to the officers his union represents.
"I can guarantee you that no-pay status will not last more than 30 days," he continued. "There's no way they're going to be able to sustain a police department workforce at 50% capacity or less for more than seven days without something budging."
Almost exactly a year ago, race riots paralyzed more than a dozen of America's great cities, from New York to Seattle. The smoke hasn't gone away.
As we should have learned from the last episode of urban rioting during the late 1960s, the overwhelming conflicting results from rage and disorder are long-lasting and borne mostly by minorities, immigrant communities, and the poor.
Shockingly, the media had rarely probed into what really happened last summer when criminal gangs took control of cities under the guise of racial justice. Instead, the politicians cynically celebrated the violent protests as "mostly peaceful" and gave cover to the assailants by praising them as "social justice warriors."
Thankfully, four reporters at the Chicago Tribune have examined what really happened in the once great "city that works" and the devastating effects that still are felt. It's harrowing and Pulitzer-worthy material.