South Australian police officers smash the car window of a ‘sovereign citizen’ after he refused to provide identification
Wild video has surfaced of Australian police smashing a car window to arrest a so-called “sovereign citizen” for driving without a license and refusing to show real ID after a tense roadside standoff.
Footage, taken from inside the man’s Mitsubishi 4WD, shows officers losing their patience after issuing multiple requests and warnings, then eventually smashing a rear window and removing the rebellious driver.
The incident took place on December 11 on the Spencer Highway in Wallaroo, northwest of Adelaide, and resulted in a 42-year-old man being arrested on multiple charges.
Despite what appeared to be a simple example of police handling a stubborn refusal to comply, the man has since filed a lawsuit with the SA government for damages on several counts, including “armed kidnapping”.
Wild video has surfaced of South Australian police smashing a car window to arrest a so-called “sovereign citizen” after he stubbornly refused all their requests
South African police confirmed the bizarre incident took place northwest of Adelaide on December 11 and resulted in a 42-year-old driver being arrested on multiple charges
What is a sovereign citizen?
The contemporary sovereign belief system is based on a decades-old conspiracy theory.
Sovereign citizens believe that they — not judges, juries, law enforcement, or elected officials — should decide which laws to obey and which to ignore.
Most sovereign citizens also do not believe that they have to pay taxes.
As part of the odd ideology, sovereigns believe the law of the sea should be governed – even on land.
They also believe capital letters are used on birth certificates to make individuals a legal entity rather than a sovereign person.
Source: Southern Poverty Law Center (USA)
The video surfaced just a day after a woman who claimed she was “not part of the state” clashed with a NSW police officer when she was stopped for failing to show number plates.
In the South Australian video, police are trying to explain to the driver exactly how he broke the law and what he needs to do for at least 10 minutes before realizing he won’t move.
‘Last warning. Show us your real ID or you can come with us,” says an officer through his passenger window after a long standoff.
“I don’t have real ID, I showed you real ID,” the driver stutters before an officer forces entry and climbs into his back seat.
“Now you are under arrest,” he is told.
The incident involved three South Australian police officers and the male driver, who speaks with a heavy foreign accent.
At the beginning of the clip, officers state that they believe the man is driving an unregistered vehicle with a suspended driver’s license and urge him to get out of his vehicle and identify himself.
“There’s a name on the paperwork you provided, the name associated with it has a driver’s license suspension,” an official said.
Officers also noted that his car was uninsured and asked him to provide identification and a roadside breath test.
He refuses all requests.
You can hear the man constantly arguing that he did nothing wrong, lecturing officers that his conspiracy-driven understanding of the law is correct — and that they are wrong.
“You don’t need a driver’s license to drive your car,” he tells the officer. “You need a driver’s license if you’re going to make money from what you do when it comes to trading. If you know the meaning of the word, you say so.’
It is a criminal offense in all Australian states and territories to drive a motor vehicle on a road without a valid driver’s license. You must carry your driver’s license with you when driving and show it to a police officer if requested.
Footage, taken from inside the man’s Mitsubishi 4WD, shows officers losing their patience after issuing multiple requests and warnings, then eventually smashing a rear window and removing the rebellious driver
All motor vehicles driven on Australian roads must be registered. In SA there are fines of up to $7500 for driving an unregistered vehicle
Sovereign Citizens are a loosely knit but growing movement of people who have connected primarily through social media during the pandemic.
They often believe that they — not judges, juries, law enforcement, or elected officials — should decide which laws to obey and which to ignore.
When an officer asks if he understands the implications of not complying with their pleas, he replies, “I am not below you, I will never be below you.”
When officers warn the driver in the latest video, “You will be arrested,” he shoots back, “What’s the crime? [for me] be arrested?’
“There will be an unregistered vehicle driving,” he begins, but is interrupted. “It’s not a crime. Where is the victim?’
“Where is the victim please? Where is the victim!’
Chloe Fisher was stopped by police while driving on the road in Gundagai and claimed she was allowed to drive without number plates because she was “sovereign”.
When the reality sinks in that the police won’t buy his defense, he asks, “Why don’t you write a fine?”
“I can’t,” replies an officer. ,I do not know who you are.’
She refused to acknowledge the validity of an ID card he showed through the window, but refused to hand it over.
At this point, the three officers appear to give up trying to negotiate with the uncooperative driver.
In a statement, SA Police told the Daily Mail Australia that the man had committed multiple offenses and was refusing all police orders.
“At approximately 10:40 am on Sunday December 11, police stopped the driver of a Mitsubishi 4WD on Spencer Highway, Wallaroo, after checks revealed the car was unregistered and uninsured.”
“The driver was instructed to take a roadside breath test, but he declined. He also refused to get out of his vehicle after several requests from the police.
“They then gained access to his vehicle and arrested the driver.
“A 42-year-old Wallaroo man has been accused of driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle while being disqualified and refusing to provide personal information.”
The man was released on bail to appear in Kadina District Court on January 30.
An annotated clip of the frustrating incident has been posted to a YouTube channel, showing the bizarre antics of “sovereign citizens” from around the world.
The broadcaster claimed that the man in the video believes he has a “claim for damages” against SA police for “armed assault, trespassing on multiple counts, armed kidnapping, destruction of private property and unlawful detention of liberties.”
In another blatant example of “sovereign citizens” disobeying road traffic rules, Chloe Fisher was stopped by police while driving near Gundagai in rural NSW.
She used her phone to film her conversation with the officer, who asked her for ID and if the vehicle was registered.
She got out of the car and explained that she didn’t show license plates because she was “getting sovereign”.
She presented the officer with an identification card that described her status as a “sovereign living woman,” with the date of birth replaced with “first breath.”
“Place of First Breath” was under the bizarre headings, with “Earth” next to it.
What is Bingo for Sovereign Citizens?
The creator of the YouTube channel that posted the South Australian video, Van Balion, produced a cheeky mock bingo card for sovereign citizens to let people notice the familiarity of the arguments in the clips he posted.
It contained several moments from the clip, including the man’s apology that he didn’t need a driver’s license because he wasn’t working, that breaking traffic rules wasn’t a crime and the fact that his window was smashed by cops.
Presumably, anyone playing Sovereign Citizen Bingo, like normal bingo, would simply mark the excuses that Sovereign Citizens used in the videos on their channel on their map.
If they check off five times in a row, they can shout “Bingo” and win.
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