A driver has been branded ‘dumb and disrespectful’ after footage surfaced of her refusing to tell police where she was going at a checkpoint in Melbourne.
Eve Black, from Melbourne, shared footage on Thursday of herself driving past an officer at a COVID-19 police barricade.
When a police officer asked her where she was headed and why she was attempting to leave, Ms Black simply told him she didn’t need to share that information.
The frustrated officer eventually waved her through as she sped off with a grin on her face.
Former Treasurer Wayne Swan unleashed on the driver for arguing with police, adding she wouldn’t be smiling if she ended up in ICU.
Eve Black, from Melbourne, shared footage on Thursday of herself driving past an officer at a COVID-19 police barricade
‘It makes me angry watching that, it’s dumb and disrespectful,’ he said on The Today Show on Friday morning.
‘At the end she says she feels good. Well, she won’t feel too good in ICU.’
Mr Swan said 99 per cent of Australians were following the rules but there were a few who refused to protect their own safety.
‘There are some people who don’t get it and some people who think they’re in some weird television show,’ he said.
‘But they are playing with people’s lives. People like that should have the book thrown at them.’
ALP National President Wayne Swan, (pictured) said Ms Black was putting everyone’s lives at risk for acting so ‘dumb and disrespectful’
2GB Radio’s Chris Smith also weighed in on the video, speculating that Ms Black would be yet to get tested for the deadly virus.
‘These laws are in place not only to protect the vulnerable or those with pre-existing conditions, but people like her, how dumb has she got to be to not understand that?’ he said.
‘And by becoming a self-proclaimed reality television star she is encouraging others to spread the virus into other areas where we’ve got to start tracing and try and stop another spread of the virus.
‘We want to get over this. Doesn’t she understand we want to abate all of this to get on with our normal lives?’
In the viral video, Ms Black asks the officer whether she’d ‘disturbed the peace’ by trying to leave her suburb.
‘No,’ the officer responded. ‘I just asked what your reason for leaving today is.’
Ms Black responded: ‘I don’t need to tell you that. I don’t know you.’
Initially, the officer persisted. ‘Where have you come from,’ he asked again.
When a police officer asked her where she was headed and why she was attempting to leave, Ms Black simply told him she didn’t need to share that information
‘I don’t need 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 Ms Black through the checkpoint.
‘Just keep going,’ he said as he let her and her passenger drive past.
Ms Black admitted she was ‘nervous as heck’ as she approached the checkpoint, but encouraged her friends and family to ‘know their rights’ during lockdown.
‘I just read from the sheet and he could obviously see it wasn’t worth the trouble,’ she explained.
COVID-19 checkpoints have been set up in and around Victoria in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus
COVID-19 checkpoints have been set up in and around Victoria in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus. Mr Bartolo argued they should not be legal and there was no consultation with the people before establishing them
The sheet in question explained the exact phrases people attempting to leave lockdown should use when stopped by officers.
There are nine vehicle checkpoints and a number of mobile patrols set up by Victoria Police across key roads in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in a bid to enforce the latest lockdown.
Residents living in the locked-down areas are only allowed to leave their homes for four approved reasons – food, exercise, work or study, or medical care.
Those who breach orders will be hit with a $1,652 fine with 262 infringements already given out at checkpoints since July 8.
Premier Daniel Andrews declared Victoria to be in a state of emergency.
This gives the state’s Chief Health Officer the powers to enforce restrictions such as on movement and wearing a mask.
Mr Bartolo (pictured) revealed he did not believe coronavirus was contagious and argued that it was a hoax
Ms Black’s video is one of many circulating on social media where drivers encourage people to challenge the lockdowns, which have been imposed to stem the spread of COVID-19.
A Victorian driver who was pulled over at a lockdown checkpoint argued with police for 20 minutes about the legality of the operation, before claiming COVID-19 was not contagious and refusing to hand over his licence.
James Bartolo shared footage of the altercation on Facebook on Sunday after he was pulled over at a routine checkpoint while travelling in an unregistered Mustang.
He refused to hand over his licence – which police later learned was suspended – and eventually told the officers that they’d pulled him over unlawfully by following ‘dopey Dan’s false legislation’, in reference to Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.
Mr Bartolo revealed he did not believe coronavirus was contagious and argued that it was a hoax.
The deadly respiratory infection has killed 109 Australians – and at least 571,000 worldwide – and Victoria is currently grappling with a second outbreak.
Mr Andrews ordered metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire back into a second lockdown in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus.
‘Who consented to that?’ Mr Bartolo asked the officers when they attempted to explain what it is they were doing. ‘Go arrest your Freemason scumbag leaders and politicians.’
‘Do your actual jobs rather than harassing innocent people like me. Stop being an embarrassment to society,’ he said.
The leader of the ‘Conscious Truth Network’ told police they’d been encouraged to set up the checkpoints under ‘false allegations’ made by the nation’s leaders in an extraordinary 20 minute debate
Barricades have been installed along some of Coolangatta’s streets to help stop people crossing the Queensland-NSW border without going through the appropriate checks
‘You’ve pulled me over unlawfully and started to claim… that I’ve done something wrong. I’m not the one standing around with weapons and harassing people and pulling them over according to dopey Dan’s false legislation.’
Mr Bartolo went on to begin ranting about the officers’ role in facilitating the COVID-19 lockdown in Victoria.
‘Do you know the virus isn’t actually contagious?’ he asked. ‘That has been scientifically proven.
‘This whole COVID-19 is a f**king hoax. It’s a scam.’
Frustration mounted between both parties as another police officer joined the discussion and instructed Mr Bartolo to pull over to the side to let other cars behind him through.
Following further discussions, the officer conceded.
The cop explained to Mr Bartolo that he would be charged for further offences relating to hindering an officer in performing his job, but then allowed him to leave.