Police turn down Eve Black after footage of herself driving past police at COVID-19 checkpoint in Melbourne
Police have threatened to fine a woman who wished to pass a checkpoint in Melbourne COVID-19 without telling the officers where she was going.
Melbourne’s Eve Black filmed herself driving past an officer at a police barricade on Thursday.
When the officer asked her where she was going and why she was trying to leave, Ms. Black simply told him not to share that information.
The officer finally waved her off as she walked away from laughing and celebrating.
Ms. Black has been widely convicted after posting the video and may now be in trouble with the law after drawing the attention of Victoria’s Assistant Police Commissioner.
“Our members are working incredibly hard all day and all night to keep our community safe,” Assistant Commissioner Rick Nugent said Friday.
“This was a selfish and childish act … it was ridiculous, it was not necessary.
“If that woman lived in that area or had good reason to be in that area, she would be let through.
“If not, she’s breaking the law.”
Nugent said the police would investigate the case and fine her if found to be violating the coronavirus restrictions.
“I am sure she will look for a knock on the door of members of the Victoria Police Department,” said Police Minister Lisa Neville.
“Whether you’re trying to get through a roadblock, trying to get away without wearing a mask, or trying to have a party, Victoria Police will be there.”
Ms Black – who previously said that COVID-19 is a ‘SCAMdemic’ – removed all of her social media accounts in the video’s aftermath.
Despite the widespread response, the Melburnian said she regretted “nothing.”
Melbourne’s Eve Black shared images of herself as she passed an officer at a COVID-19 police barricade on Thursday
“I privatized my acc (s) because I have better things to do than being a punching bag for fear,” she wrote online.
“I don’t regret anything, I’m just tired of the abuse and threats.
“Wake up, sleeper,” she wrote with a sheep emoji.
In the viral video, Ms. Black asked the officer if she had “disturbed” trying to leave her suburb.
“No,” replied the officer. “I just asked what is your reason for leaving today.”
Mrs. Black replied, “I don’t need to tell you that. I do not know you. ‘
Initially, the officer insisted. “Where are you from,” he asked again.
“I don’t have to answer your questions. Have I committed a crime? Have I committed a crime? she asked twice.
Instead of answering her question, the officer waved Mrs. Black through the checkpoint.
Ms Black said she had no “regrets” about sharing the video that has since been heavily criticized
In the now viral video, Mrs. Black is seen running away laughing and celebrating
“Keep going,” he said, passing her and her passenger past.
Ms. Black admitted she was “nervous” as she approached the checkpoint, but encouraged her friends and family to “know their rights” during the shutdown.
“I just read from the magazine and he clearly saw that it was not worth it,” she explained.
The magazine in question explained the exact phrases that people trying to get out of the lockdown should use when stopped by agents.
Ms. Black was also heavily criticized by former treasurer Wayne Swan, who said she would not smile if she went to intensive care.
“It pisses me to see that, it’s stupid and disrespectful,” he said on The Today Show on Friday morning.
“In the end, she says she’s feeling fine. Well, she doesn’t feel very well at ICU. ‘
Mr Swan said that 99 percent of Australians followed the rules, but some refused to protect their own safety.
“Some people don’t get it, and some people think they’re on some weird television show,” he said.
“But they play with people’s lives. Such people should have the book thrown at them. ‘
When a police officer asked her where she was going and why she was trying to leave, Ms. Black simply told him not to share that information
Her confrontation with the police comes when Victoria registers 300 new cases of coronavirus and six deaths – the highest ever in the state – on Friday.
Nine vehicle checkpoints and a number of mobile patrols have been set up by Victoria Police over major roads in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in an effort to enforce the final shutdown.
Residents of the gated areas are only allowed to leave their home for four approved reasons: food, exercise, work or study, or medical care.
Those violating orders will be fined $ 1,652, with 262 violations pronounced at checkpoints since July 8.
Phillip Gallo, of Rose Lawyers and carriers, said Daily Mail Australia police had the right to fine those who were not wearing masks under the powers of Victoria’s State of Emergency.
“It is not technically a law that has been laid down by law, but it is covered by the emergency scheme,” he said.
“The government has certain powers to draw up and enforce guidelines.”
He said that people who refuse to wear a mask can be fined under the current restrictions.
COVID-19 checkpoints have been set up in and around Victoria to control the spread of the virus