LAFD captain under investigation after posting video on ‘vaccine tyranny’
Los Angeles Fire Captain Cristian Granucci is under investigation after posting a video calling his union and saying COVID-19 vaccination warrants were a “tyranny.”
The 12-minute video was posted to the Telegram app on August 23, with the 31-year-old veteran wearing an LAFD hat and shirt, and opening the video by saying, “I’m probably going to catch the total heartache of my administration at because of that. “
“I have finished being silent on this issue, as have many of our members,” Granucci said in the video. “We saw this tyranny coming.
On August 18, the Los Angeles City Council approved a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all city employees, declaring that employees should receive their first dose by September 7 and be fully immunized by October 1.
Granucci also criticized the union and threatened legal action against it.
“We want to give our union the opportunity to move forward and do the right thing,” said Granucci. “But know this – we’re a big group in the hundreds and we have a lawyer on mandate and he’s a shark.”
In a statement to NPR, Local Union 112 said it encourages vaccinations for its staff, but does not support any city policy that makes it a condition of employment.
Although the vaccine requirement has yet to be signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, he said he supports the council’s decision.
“We have some of the hardest working and dedicated employees in the world – people who have stepped up to save lives during the most difficult year of our lives, never losing sight of their work to make our city stronger, safer and fairer, ”Garcetti said Aug. 18.“ The Delta variant continues to spread, and it’s more important than ever that people get vaccinated as soon as they can. As the President of the Council and I said last month, this requirement will help protect the health and safety of those who run our city and the Angelenos who depend on the services they provide every day.