Enraged ‘Karen’ storms Melbourne police station, demands that they be ‘removed from files’ after being handcuffed and arrested for refusing to wear mask in public
- Chantal said she was arrested on Friday for not wearing a mask
- She claims to have a medical certificate stating that she is asthmatic
- In a Facebook live stream, Chantal went to the police station to remove her name
- People in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire have to wear masks
A woman arrested by the police for not wearing a face mask in Melbourne has returned to the police station to demand that officers remove her name from their records.
Chantal, who is asthmatic, the latest in a series of anti-COVID-19 locks ‘Karens’ to show up in Melbourne, alleged she was arrested by police on Friday for not wearing a face mask.
Everyone in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire has had to wear a face mask when they leave their home since July 23, as Victoria struggles to manage a rampant second wave of coronavirus infections. Those who are not without a legal excuse can be fined $ 200.
Victoria registered 384 new cases of coronavirus and another six deaths on Tuesday – with the state now having 84 deaths with 4,774 active cases.
“I was arrested for not wearing a mask,” Chantal told a livestream on Facebook on Monday.
“I was handcuffed and taken to a waiting area where they searched my bag, searched all my things until they found my identification.
Chantal (pictured), who is asthmatic, said she was arrested by police on Friday for not wearing a face mask
“They brought my ID without my permission, so I’m about to give them some paperwork.”
Chantal was joined by ‘pandemic’ lawyer Peter Little when she presented documents on Monday at Dandenong police station in south-east Melbourne.
Mr Little wore a balaclava while Chantal occasionally used an animal print scarf to cover her mouth while speaking.
“I’m submitting a legal statement to them about my chronological order of the 45-minute events where everything happened, followed by a prohibition notice,” she said before entering the station.
“I hope I can just get my name out of their records, that’s the result I want today. I am not interested in a process at this stage, but maybe we can review that later. ‘
In the 40-minute live stream, Chantal waits at the police station before talking to an officer.
Pictured: Chantal speaks to a police officer at Dandenong Police Station on Monday
Chantal was joined by ‘pandemic’ lawyer Peter Little when she presented documents on Monday at Dandenong Police Station in south-east Melbourne
She told viewers that she had a medical explanation for her asthma, but it was not related to her inability to wear a face mask.
“I have a problem with black mold in my apartment and to get out of my lease I had to get a certificate from my doctor saying I have asthma,” she said.
“I had that documentation in my phone and it was not accepted because the certificate didn’t say it would affect my ability to wear a mask.”
Chantal said the police officer questioned the severity of her asthma.
“He has no right to dictate what my medical condition is and what I can do with it,” she said.
Mr. Little filmed Chantal talking to a police officer about filing her papers.
“A few things happened that I was not very happy with, including being held without law. I was arrested for not providing my personal information, “she said.
“What’s underneath, I’ll read this to you, is illegal.”
Chantal said she was submitting to the police a “legal statement about my chronological order of the 45-minute events.”
Chantal then referred to a judgment by Justice Stephen Kaye in the Melbourne Supreme Court in November 2011.
He said it is an “old principle of common law” that a detainee is not required to stop before the police or answer his questions.
“I just wanted to read it to you because I want to make sure my data is deleted,” she said.
“I want to hand that over and have my name removed from your records.”
Chantal said she “trembled” while speaking to the officer, but felt empowered afterward.
Residents of metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire have had to wear face masks when out and about since Thursday, July 23.