But, Cops are also woe-is-me, cynical, lazy bums who literally invented "Quiet Quitting" decades ago under the name "The Blue Flu". But, if we've seen anything from rightwingers over the years, it's that they don't actually abide by the values, rules, and ethics they supposedly cherish.
So, the news that Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed The Act-of-Duty Law (HB3162), which modifies the Illinois Police Pension code to address disability from Covid and post-Covid complications, will place these Officers in a ethical quandary,
(e) For the purposes of this Section only, any policeman
who becomes disabled as a result of exposure to and
contraction of COVID-19, as evidenced by either a confirmed
positive laboratory test for COVID-19 or COVID-19 antibodies
or a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 from a licensed medical
(1) be rebuttably presumed to have contracted COVID-19
while in the performance of an act or acts of duty;
(2) be rebuttably presumed to have been injured while
in the performance of an act or acts of duty; and
(3) be entitled to receive a duty disability benefit
during any period of such disability for which the
policeman does not have a right to receive salary, in an
amount equal to 75% of the policeman's salary, as salary
is defined in this Article, at the time the disability is
allowed, in accordance with subsection (a).
The presumption shall apply to any policeman who was
exposed to and contracted COVID-19 on or after March 9, 2020
and on or before June 30, 2021; except that the presumption
shall not apply if the policeman was on a leave of absence from
his or her employment or otherwise not required to report for
duty for a period of 14 or more consecutive days immediately
prior to the date of contraction of COVID-19.
Ha ha ha! Who am I kidding? There will be no quandary! What we're going to find is a bunch of Cops who previously dismissed, denied, or outright proclaimed Coronavirus to be a Hoax (despite Covid being the leading cause of Officer deaths for the last 3 straight years) will suddenly find they, in fact, had caught it between March 2020 and June 2021. And these deniers will no doubt discover that their Long Covid is so severe will inhibit their performance of their duty as much as it impacted former Chicago Blackhawk player Jonathan Toews.
Now, of course, Cops are also miserly and petulant so even though Governor Pritzker has looked out for Law Enforcement he's a Democrat! and that's the worst thing ever, so expect all these jabroni's to collect their disability while grousing about Pritzker's toilets.