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LAPD officials are investigating whether a spike in officers calling in sick over the July 4 weekend was the result of an orchestrated protest.  https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-07-07/lapd-investigates-blue-flu-claims-after-officers-call-in-sick-over-july-4-holiday 

Officers who knowingly participated in such an effort would be guilty of misconduct and punished, LAPD Chief Michel Moore said, but he did not have a timeline for when the internal probe would wrap up.
 https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-07-07/lapd-investigates-blue-flu-claims-after-officers-call-in-sick-over-july-4-holiday 

Najee Ali, a longtime civil rights activist in South L.A., where many of the call-ins occurred, said the effort was clearly intended to punish activists for demanding police funding be reallocated elsewhere, and should be a huge cause for concern.
 https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-07-07/lapd-investigates-blue-flu-claims-after-officers-call-in-sick-over-july-4-holiday 

Because of the danger to public safety, it is illegal under state law for police officers to go on strike.

Still, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, at least 91 officers called in sick in Southeast Division alone.
 https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-07-07/lapd-investigates-blue-flu-claims-after-officers-call-in-sick-over-july-4-holiday 


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