Michigan Sheriffs Will NOT Strictly Enforce Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order

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A group of Michigan sheriffs have declared that they will not strictly enforce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's draconian stay-at-home order.

A group of Michigan sheriffs have declared that they will not strictly enforce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s draconian stay-at-home order.

“While we understand her desire to protect the public, we question some restrictions that she has imposed as overstepping her executive authority,” Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich, Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel, Manistee County Sheriff Ken Falk and Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole said in a joint press release.

“She has created a vague framework of emergency laws that only confuse Michigan citizens,” the sheriffs said.

Foxnews.com reports: The sheriffs said that, instead of stringent enforcement, they “will deal with every case as an individual situation and apply common sense.”

They added that they had taken an oath to protect the “God-given rights” of the Michigan and U.S. constitutions. “We believe that we are the last line of defense in protecting your civil liberties,” the release stated.

The sheriffs noted that their focus should be on reopening their counties and getting people back to work, but added that CDC guidelines such as social distancing, washing hands and wearing masks should be followed.

Whitmer enacted a stay-at-home order March 24. It was originally set to expire April 13 before being extended to April 30. Over the weekend Whitmer announced an expansion of her order, which among other things prohibits residents from visiting family or friends with the exception of providing care, bans public or private gatherings of any size or family ties, and places restrictions on what essential businesses which remain open may sell.

Whitmer – who had to issue clarifications to her orders, most notably when someone tweeted a picture from Walmart saying that children’s car seats were “non-essential” items – has so far remained steady in her resolve that Michigan needs to stick to strict stay-at-home measures in order to tackle the virus.

In a protest dubbed “Operation Gridlock,” hundreds of cars and trucks descended on Michigan’s state capital Wednesday in noisy protest, creating bumper-to-bumper traffic throughout downtown Lansing. Demonstrators blasted their horns, waved Americans flags and hoisted placards deriding Whitmer’s orders and demanding that she reopen the state’s economy.

“Let’s start with the fact that some counties have no or very few COVID cases and yet are totally shut down,” Rosanne Ponkowski, president of the Michigan Conservative Coalition, which organized the protest, said in a statement. “When did a one-size solution solve everyone’s local issues? Governor Whitmer will put you out of business before allowing mere citizens to be responsible for their own behavior.  That is madness.”

Michigan has the fourth-largest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with more 27,000 being reported as of Wednesday evening, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

3 Comments

  1. To many self serving Nazi slanted operatives for corporate America running the government now. This needs to be brought down and they held accountable for damage to the people and economy they have created the last few decades which has come home to fester.

  2. Experts from Hohn Hipkins have found that Corona virus testing and findings are highly suspect ,possibly producing as much as 80 per cent false positives. Why isnt she listening to them? No ” rewards ” in it for her or her family?

  3. I am grateful to Gretchen, she may have assured a Trump win. She emblemizes the anger and hate of the left, it would take a miracle for her to be re-elected. And, she is unifying her constituency:-)).
    Democrats also like to hunt and fish, throw a ball around at the park, take the boat out. She evidently takes her cue from Pelosi.

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