Fraternal Order of Police chairman John Catanzara apologized on Friday for comments he made earlier this week to the Sun-Times comparing the city’s workers’ vaccination mandate to Nazi Germany .
Catanzara had expressed outrage at the city’s new COVID-19 vaccination mandate using language condemned by the Anti-Defamation League and others: “We’re in America, dammit. We don’t want to be forced to do anything. Period. It’s not Nazi Germany, [where they say], ‘Get into the fucking showers. The pills will not hurt you. What the fuck is that?
In a video posted to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7’s YouTube channel, Catanzara said: “These members of the Jewish community, I was not in any way trying to link the forced vaccinations to the atrocities of the Holocaust, that is. is why I never used the word Holocaust. I shouldn’t have referred to the showers like I did, and I’m sorry.
He said he didn’t think the comments would be published.
“Some of the quotes that were attributed to me, I’m not going to say that I didn’t say them, because I did,” Catanzara said.
He then tried to explain his comparison.
“When governments, whether it’s Nazi Germany or Chicago today, try to start, or any other big city like New York and many others that do, try to create policies that force their employees to do things to their bodies first, it won’t stop there, ”he said. “You open the door to the citizens who will be next. “
Catanzara says he received the COVID-19 vaccine but supports those who chose not to.
“It was a personal choice that I made because I want to be able to travel without restrictions. This is why I received the COVID vaccine. Many others have decided not to do it, and I absolutely respect and understand their position on why they don’t want to do it, ”he said.
The mandate to vaccinate city employees goes into effect on October 15. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said it was a “condition of employment,” without saying workers would be fired if they did not comply.