(CNN)While a small number of demonstrators around the country openly flout government stay-at-home orders geared toward stopping the spread of the deadly coronavirus, a different battle is playing out in some communities with an unlikely group of protesters: the police. Despite warnings from health officials that social distancing and the wearing of face coverings can help flatten the statistical curve of nationwide infections, from Texas to Washington state a handful of officers sworn to uphold the law have in recent weeks publicly expressed their opposition to government regulations aimed at keeping citizens from transmitting the virus to others. A showdown in Texas The latest high-profile protest by law enforcement came on Wednesday from the head of a Houston police union, who penned an open letter forcefully taking issue with a new order requiring face coverings by anyone in public over 10 years of age, with some exceptions. The order carries a $1,000 fine for noncompliance. Despite Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s insistence that officers should use discretion in enforcing the new order, it drew the immediate ire of Joe Gamaldi, president of the Houston Police Officers’ Union, whose letter attacked the judge’s “critical thinking skills” and called her new mandate

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