Chicago FOP president won’t resign over U.S. Capitol riot comments
CHICAGO — Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara said in an interview Thursday that he won’t resign from the union position.
Last week, Cataranza told Chicago Public Media that “There was no arson, there was no burning of anything, there was no looting, there was very little destruction of property.” He said he understood the “frustration” and supported the rioters.
This past week, a third of the Chicago City Council called for his resignation or for the union board to fire him.
Neither will happen.
In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Cataranza said he is filing an unfair labor practices complaint against the 36 aldermen who called for his resignation alleging they “showed their bias” and now can’t vote impartially on ratifying a new police contract. Chicago has gone years without a union contract with the police.
He told the newspaper that his sympathetic comments about the riot were made because he’d only seen 30 minutes of the riot and hadn’t heard about the damage and casualties.
Unlike many Trump supporters, he did blame Trump for inciting the riot, both with urging the rally to march on the capitol and inviting them all to Washington to begin with.
“In the nation’s capital probably wasn’t the place to have it. That just set the scene for a bad situation to begin with,” Catanzara told the Sun-Times.
However, he did complain about the focus on a “couple hundred lawbreakers and idiots” while claiming that damage during last years George Floyd protests was ignored.