On Monday, thousands gathered outside Los Angeles City Hall to protest the vaccine mandate for all city workers that went into effect Monday. The vaccine mandate requires city employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 18.
The group Firefighters 4 Freedom organized the rally, dubbed "A March for Freedom," which was attended by firefighters, police officers, electrical workers, sanitation workers, and city government employees, according to KTLA 5.
"I'm here to show support for the men and women in law enforcement, the firefighters, those working in sanitation … who are here not so much against being vaccinated, or the vaccine, but they're against being forced to do so by our local government," commented Moses Castillo, a retired ex-detective with the LAPD.
John Knox, an LAFD active member and member of the Firefighters 4 Freedom movement, concurred: "That's an overreach on the government's part, because it's not your right to tell me what I do with my health care, what I put into my body."
The LA County sheriff has expressed similar sentiments, further stating that he has no intention of letting his office be used as a sort of "vaccine police" either.
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, on the other hand, pushed back by saying that any city employees not vaccinated at this point "should be prepared to lose their job."
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