The first major test of a vaccine mandate applied to municipal employees will take place this weekend in Chicago, where up to half of the city’s police force is set to defy the mandate by failing to report their vaccine status. Officers and other city employees who fail to report their vaccination status by Friday will “be placed in a non-disciplinary, no pay status,” according to the mayor’s office. “It’s safe to say that the city of Chicago will have a police force at 50% or less for this weekend coming up,” said Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara. He added, “I do not believe the city has the authority to mandate that to anybody — let alone that information about your medical history.” The union has filed suit against the city to halt enforcement of the mandate. It should be stressed that what is being mandated at this point is city employees reporting their vaccination status. It’s assumed that if they are not vaccinated, they will be given an ultimatum to get the shots by a certain date. The confrontation sets up a major test for cities across the country that have mandated all city employees must be vaccinated or lose pay or their jobs — or both.
Law & Crime
Election integrity group, VoterGA, is set to appeal a court ruling to toss a lawsuit challenging suspected fraud in Georgia’s Fulton County. On Wednesday, Judge Brian Amero dismissed the lawsuit by VoterGA that sought to examine 147,000 absentee ballots cast in Fulton County for suspected fraud. The judge said the group had no legal standing and it failed to allege a particularized injury. However, VoterGA claimed it does have evidence that tens-of-thousands of ballots lacked chain of custody documents, making those ballots illegitimate. VoterGA further said it plans to appeal the ruling. “All citizens of Georgia have a right to know whether or not counterfeit ballots were injected into the Fulton County election results, how many were injected, where they came from and how we can prevent it from happening again in future elections,” election integrity advocate, Garland Favorito said in an email. President Donald Trump has also reacted to the ruling, saying the fight continues and Georgia voters won’t give up until the corrupt elections are fixed.
Hunter Biden has already provided plenty of headaches for his father, President Joe Biden. A new report has found the president may now face an FBI probe relating to his son’s finances. According to the U.K.’s Daily Mail, emails recovered from a Hunter Biden laptop show communications between Hunter and Eric Scherwin. The outlet reported Scherwin works for consultancy Rosemont Seneca, and the emails suggest he was working on Joe Biden’s taxes in 2018 while the elder Biden was vice president. In the emails, Scherwin reportedly suggested the Bidens had been paying each other’s household bills. The Daily Mail also said the emails reveal that the father and son shared at least some of their accounts. Hunter Biden admitted last year that he was under federal investigation regarding his taxes. A former federal prosecutor who spoke on the condition of anonymity told the Daily Mail that the possibility of cash flow between Hunter and Joe Biden could make Joe subject to the probe. “Whatever transaction you’re looking at, if there’s a connection to a family member or a friend, sure the answer is yes [they would be investigated],” he said.
A federal judge is pushing for Biden’s Department of Justice to launch a civil rights investigation into the treatment of January 6 detainees after finding the warden of a D.C. jail and the director of the D.C. Department of Corrections in contempt. “U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth of Washington acted after finding jail officials failed to turn over information needed to approve surgery recommended four months ago for a Jan. 6 Capitol riot defendant’s broken wrist,” The Washington Post reported. “The failure of D.C. officials to turn over medical records is ‘more than just inept and bureaucratic jostling of papers,’ Lamberth said in a hearing, raising the possibility of deliberate mistreatment.” “I find that the civil rights of the defendant have been abused,” Lamberth said. “I don’t know if it’s because he’s a January 6th defendant or not, but I find this matter should be referred to the attorney general of the United States for a civil rights investigation into whether the D.C. Department of Corrections is violating the civil rights of January 6th defendants … in this and maybe other cases.” Lamberth called the treatment of the defendant “inexcusable” and pointedly asked the jail officials, “does no one care?”
Leaked documents from Customs and Border Protection obtained by Fox News’ Bill Melugin show that the Biden administration initiated a “mass release” of 160,000 illegal immigrants into the United States beginning in March amid a record-setting number of border crossings — and 70,000 of those releases happened in the last two months. “At least 160,000 illegal immigrants have been released into the U.S., often with little to no supervision, by the Biden administration since March — including a broad use of limited parole authorities to make more than 30,000 eligible for work permits since August,” according to Fox News. “The documents give a partial snapshot into how the Biden administration has been releasing enormous numbers of migrants into the U.S., often with little to no oversight, supervision or immediate risk of deportation.” Melugin posted some of the documents on Twitter, and they appear to show that the U.S. government has released around 90,000 asylum seekers, who crossed the border illegally and eventually encountered CBP, with “notices to report” — a demand letter that requires the immigrants to check in with an Immigrant and Customs Enforcement office when they settle in an American city and begin the asylum process.
The father of a girl who was allegedly sexually assaulted in a Virginia school bathroom should be treated as a domestic terrorist, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) suggested in a pointed letter to the White House — after the distraught dad stormed a local school board meeting and demanded officials take responsibility. Scott Smith, 48, was filmed being wrestled to the floor and arrested at a June public meeting of the Loudoun County School Board — with his wife yelling, “My child was raped at school and this is what happens!” “In Virginia, an individual was arrested,” the NSBA wrote, linking to an NBC Washington report about Smith’s arrest at the meeting. It was one of the key examples of what the association said proved that “America’s public schools and its education leaders are under an immediate threat” from a “growing number of threats of violence and acts of intimidation occurring across the nation.” “NSBA believes immediate assistance is required,” the group wrote. “NSBA specifically solicits the expertise and resources of the US Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), US Department of Homeland Security, US Secret Service, and its National Threat Assessment Center.”