Michigan Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce Gov Whitmer's Face Mask Mandate
Democrat governor faces backlash to mandatory mask order
Michigan's Democrat governor is facing a backlash from law enforcement following her executive order to make face masks mandatory in the state.
On Friday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a mandate stating that businesses “must” deny service to patrons not wearing a mask.
However, a number of sheriffs are refusing to enforce the edict.
Van Buren County Sheriff Dan Abbott stated that his department will not enforce Gov. Whitmer’s new mask order.
The executive order comes with a $500 misdemeanor for those who breach the mandate.
The order is “very bland” and it would be “very hard to enforce,” Sheriff Abbott told Fox 17.
Abbott said his department will respond if a business complains, but that the individual will need to be prosecuted by the Michigan State Police or the Attorney General’s Office, according to Breitbart.
The Arenac County Sheriff told residents to tattle directly to Whitmer’s office about neighbors not wearing masks.
“Our deputies often run call to call most of their shift,” Arenac County Sheriff James Mosciski said, according to ABC 12.
“Any spare time is reserved for follow up and traffic enforcement, which is badly needed with the (M-65) bridge and U.S. 23 bridge being out.”
Gratiot County Sheriff Michael A. Morris said his department would not be ticketing alleged violators.
“If someone does not want to wear a mask in public and someone else files a formal complaint against that person, then that complaint would be referred to the Gratiot County Prosecutor’s Office or the Attorney General’s Office,” Morris said, NBC 25 reported.
The Sandusky Police Department, located in Sanilac County, said it, too, would not be enforcing the edict.
“For local law enforcement, this has become a very confusing issue as to what’s enforceable and what is not enforceable,” the agency said in a statement ABC 12.
Several law enforcement agencies said businesses could make a trespassing complaint on a naked-faced patron, and then the police would intervene.
Meanwhile, Whitmer’s spokeswoman lashed out at those who do not enforce the governor’s orders.
“Law enforcement officers who ignore the law put the lives of those they are sworn to protect at risk,” Whitmer spokeswoman Tiffany Brown said.
“Face coverings are a simple, effective way to reduce the spread of this deadly disease.”