Sheriff Brian BeGole of Shiawassee County in Michigan has said that he will not enforce the state's lockdown orders, becoming the latest in a series of county law enforcement officials across the country refusing to enforce stay-at-home orders issued by governors.
BeGole cites the "many calls" his office has received from residents and businesses in the county who are frustrated that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer unilaterally extended the order through the end of May despite the Michigan Legislature allowing the state of emergency to expire on April 30.
Citing both the questionable legality of Whitmer's order as well as his "responsibility to serve and protect the citizens of Shiawassee County and to ensure their rights as described in both state and federal Constitutions," BeGole joined a growing list of county sheriffs from Arizona to California publicly refusing to enforce executive lockdown orders.
"I have decided, within my authority, that our office cannot and will not divert our primary resources and efforts towards enforcement of the Governor Whitmer's executive orders," BeGole said.
? BeGole is not alone in his objection to Whitmer's directives. Republican leaders in the Michigan Legislature recently sued the governor for abusing her power and usurping legislative authority in extending the lockdown.