Several sheriffs in Michigan have vowed not to enforce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's far-reaching lockdown order, a sign of further dissent and popular opposition to the governor's extreme shutdown policies.
In a letter released on Wednesday, sheriffs from four different Michigan counties said that Whitmer has "overstepped her executive authority" and "created a vague framework of emergency laws that only confuse Michigan citizens."
"As a result, we will not have strict enforcement of these orders," the sheriffs said. "We will deal with every case as an individual situation and apply common sense in assessing the apparent violation."
Whitmer has received significant media attention for her coronavirus mitigation policy, which has prohibited the purchase of countless items in big-box stores — including gardening seeds — while still allowing alcohol and marijuana purchases.
? The governor has been the subject of a recall petition over the rules. Thousands of Michiganders also descended on the state capitol on Wednesday, ensnaring downtown Lansing with miles of traffic in a protest against Whitmer's order.