Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to offer police officers who refuse to get coronavirus shots $ 5,000 to move to Florida, pledging ‘we’ll treat you better’ than forces across the country threatening to fire those who don’t. as a result.
“We are actively working to recruit law enforcement out of state as we have needs in our police and sheriff departments. So in the next legislative session, I will hopefully sign a law that grants a bonus of $ 5,000 to any out-of-state law enforcement that moves to Florida, ”the Republican governor told Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures”.
Speaking to officers in New York, Minneapolis and Seattle, DeSantis told them, “If you are not treated well, we will treat you better here. You can meet needs that are important to us, and we will compensate you accordingly. ”
He also said he would call a special session of the state legislature to block vaccination mandates imposed by federal and local governments.
“Our policy is very clear. We’re going to have a special session, and we’re going to say that no one should lose their job because of these injections. It is a choice you can make. But we want to make sure that we protect your jobs and your livelihood, ”DeSantis said.
He called frontline workers like nurses, firefighters and police heroes for doing their jobs despite the coronavirus.
“The nurses we said have been heroes all this time, they have worked day in and day out. They couldn’t do their job on Zoom. They had to be there. And they did. And they did it with honor and integrity, ”he said.
“Now you have people who want to kick them out of their jobs because of this shooting, which is basically a personal decision. And you’re right. What [President] Biden’s action is unconstitutional. He doesn’t have the power to do it, ”DeSantis said.
Police departments across the country are demanding their officers get vaccinated against COVID, which has led many to quit their jobs or be fired.
In New York City, Pat Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association, has vowed to sue Mayor Bill de Blasio over his decision to require all city employees, including cops and firefighters, to be vaccinated.
“Since the start of the random deployment of the Blasio administration vaccine, we have fought to make the vaccine available to every member who chooses it, while protecting their right to make this personal medical decision in consultation with their own physician” Lynch said in a statement.
In Seattle, a vaccination warrant resulted in a shortage of up to 500 agents.
Police in other cities, including Chicago and Minneapolis, have also refused to comply with vaccine requirements and have resigned or been fired.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, pleaded with police and other officials to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
“More police officers die from COVID than they do from other causes of death, so it makes no sense not to try to protect you and the colleagues you work with,” he said. stated in an interview on “Fox News Sunday” earlier this month.
According to Officer Down Memorial Page, 240 law enforcement officers have died from COVID this year, more than four times the number of gunshot deaths.
In 2020, 245 police officers died from the coronavirus, the organization said, which tracks the deaths of police officers on duty.