Blue Flu


In East Orange, New Jersey, 75 cops recently called in sick for the same shift.

You guessed it— contract talks between the city and two local police unions have hit a snag.

Currently, the city says the volume of officers not working hasn’t impacted service, but that could change if the situation is not resolved.

Sheilah Cooley, director of public safety for East Orange, slammed what she perceived as cops endangering residents.

“That could hurt the city and it could hurt the officers because by their very oath, they do not have the right to call out sick until contract negotiations are finalized, they don’t have the right to jeopardize the citizens of the city,” Cooley said. “They don’t have the right not to come to work and fake an illness.”


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