John H. Lee ("Letter: Police need to take a stand on illegal orders,“ June 2) complained that the Holland Police Department would enforce Gov. Whitmer’s “unconstitutional — and legally dubious” stay-at-home order.


Mr. Lee seems to have trouble with the idea that it is not the prerogative of citizens or police to determine an executive order unconstitutional — that is a function reserved for our courts, and as reported by CBS on May 22, “Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer had the right to extend the state's stay-at-home order and extend the state of emergency, the Michigan Court of Claims ruled Thursday, rejecting a lawsuit filed by Republicans in the state legislature who challenged her emergency powers in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.”


This decision has been appealed by the Republican legislators who filed the original suit, but, in the absence of court direction to the contrary, police are obligated to treat the order as legal. Police departments or sheriffs’ offices that refuse to enforce the order are acting as if they have authority to make law and are treating their jurisdictions as police states.


Having an opinion that is ill-informed, even though very strongly held, is a weak base from which to toss around insults about how the governor or law enforcement officers do their jobs.


Frank Barefield


Holland