For some Michigan sheriffs, Gov. Whitmer’s coronavirus orders are optional

For some Michigan sheriffs, Gov. Whitmer’s coronavirus orders are optional

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel are running into resistance from a small but growing number of county sheriff’s who say they will not enforce the governor’s executive orders relating to the coronavirus because, in their minds, the orders violate the constitution. (Shutterstock photo) At a Grand Rapids rally this week, Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf took to the stage to render his view of Gov. Whitmer’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican sheriff from a county just to the south of Grand Rapids likened the governor’s emergency stay-at-home order to mass arrest . “What’s the definition of an arrest? It’s basically taking away your free will, your right to move about,” Leaf said. “And an unlawful arrest is when you do it unlawfully, so when you are ordered to your home, are you under arrest? Yeah, by definition you are.” He was cheered on by about 300 people, some bearing rifles and others with signs that read “Freedom not tyranny” and “Speak out against plandemic.” The rally took place in Rosa Parks Circle. Leaf drew a comparison between the civil rights icon and Owosso barber Karl Manke, who opened his shop in defiance of Whitmer’s executive order closing barber shops and other businesses to reduce the spread of the virus. Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf: “And an unlawful arrest is when you do it unlawfully, so when you are ordered to your home, are you under arrest?” (Courtesy photo Michigan’s 83 county sheriffs are […]

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