South Australian cops smash ‘sovereign citizen’s’ car window after he refuses to show ID
Wild video has emerged of Australian police smashing a car window to arrest a so-called “sovereign citizen” for driving without a license and refusing to show real identification after a tense roadside standoff.
The footage, taken from inside the man’s Mitsubishi 4WD, shows officers losing patience after issuing several requests and warnings, eventually breaking a rear window and removing the unruly driver.
The incident occurred on December 11 on Spencer Highway, in Wallaroo, northwest of Adelaide, and resulted in the arrest of a 42-year-old man on various charges.
Despite what appears to be a stark example of police dealing with a stubborn refusal to obey, the man has since filed a claim for compensation with the South African government on various charges, including “kidnapping at gunpoint.” .
Wild video has emerged 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 that the bizarre incident occurred northwest of Adelaide on December 11 and resulted in the arrest of a 42-year-old driver on various 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 they should pay taxes.
As part of the strange ideology, the sovereigns believe that maritime law should be used to govern, even on land.
They also believe that capital letters are used on birth certificates to make people a corporate entity, not a sovereign person.
Source: Southern Poverty Law Center (USA)
The video’s appearance comes just a day after a woman who claimed she is “not part of the state” clashed with a NSW police officer when she was pulled over for failing to display number plates.
In the video from South Australia, the police try to explain to the driver exactly how he has broken the law and what he needs to do for at least 10 minutes before realizing he won’t move.
‘Final warning. Show us your real ID or come with us,” an officer says through the passenger window after a long standstill.
“I don’t have real ID, I showed you real ID,” the driver stutters, before an officer forces his way in and climbs into his back seat.
‘Now you are under arrest,’ they tell him.
The incident involved three South Australian police officers and the male driver, who speaks with a thick foreign accent.
At the beginning of the clip, the officers state that they believe the man is driving an unregistered vehicle with a suspended license and ask him to get out of his vehicle and provide identification.
“The paperwork you provided has a name on it, the name that’s attached to that has a suspended driver’s license,” an officer explains.
Officers also determined that his car is uninsured and required him to provide identification and comply with a roadside breath test.
He rejects all requests.
The man is heard arguing throughout that he has done nothing wrong and lectures the officers that their understanding of the conspiracy-driven law is correct, and that they are wrong.
‘You don’t need a driver’s license to travel with your car,’ he tells the officer. ‘You need a driver’s license if you earn money from what you do, if it’s for business. If you know the meaning of the word, this is what you say.
In all Australian states and territories it is an offense to drive a motor vehicle on a road without a valid licence. You must carry your license when you drive and show it to a police officer when asked.
The footage, filmed from inside the man’s Mitsubishi 4WD, shows officers losing patience after issuing several requests and warnings, eventually breaking a rear window and pulling out the unruly driver.
All motor vehicles on Australian roads must be registered. In SA, fines of up to $7500 are payable for driving an unregistered vehicle
Sovereign Citizens are a loosely affiliated but growing movement of people who connected with each other primarily on social media during the pandemic.
They often believe that they, and not judges, juries, law enforcement, or elected officials, must decide which laws to obey and which to ignore.
When asked by an officer if he understands the implications of failing to comply with their requests, he replies, “I’m not under you, I never will be.”
When the officers warn the driver in the last video ‘you’re going to get arrested’, he responds ‘what is the crime (for me) to be arrested?’
“You’re going to be driving an unregistered vehicle,” he begins, but is cut off. ‘It’s not a crime. Where is the victim?
‘Where is the victim, please? Where is the victim?
Chloe Fisher, stopped by police while driving on the highway in Gundagai, claimed she was allowed to drive without license plates because she was “going sovereign”.
When he realizes the police aren’t buying his defense, he asks ‘why don’t you write a ticket?’
“I can’t,” replies a female officer. I do not know who you are.
She refused to accept the validity of an ID card he swiped through the window but refuses to hand over.
At that point, the three officers appear to give up trying to negotiate with the uncooperative driver.
In a statement, SA Police told Daily Mail Australia that the man had committed multiple crimes and refused all police instructions.
“At approximately 10:40am on Sunday, December 11, police pulled over the driver of a Mitsubishi 4WD on Spencer Highway, Wallaroo after checks revealed the car was not registered or insured.”
The driver was instructed to take a roadside breath test, however he refused. He also refused to get out of his vehicle after several requests from the police.
‘As a result, access to his vehicle was gained and the driver was arrested.
“A 42-year-old Wallaroo man was charged with driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, driving while disqualified and refusing to provide personal details.”
The man was released on bail to appear before the Kadina Magistrate Court on 30 January.
A narrated clip of the frustrating incident has been posted on a Youtube channel showing the bizarre antics of “sovereign citizens” around the world.
The channel claimed the man in the video believes he has a ‘compensation claim’ against SA police for ‘armed assault, multi-charge burglary, armed kidnapping, destruction of private property and unlawful detention of liberties’ .
In another apparent example of ‘sovereign citizens’ ignoring the rules of the road, Chloe Fisher was pulled over by police while driving near Gundagai in rural New South Wales.
He used his phone to film his conversation with the policewoman, who asked him for forms of identification and whether the vehicle was registered.
She got out of the car and explained that she had not shown any number plates because she was in the process of ‘going sovereign’.
She handed the officer an identification card that described her status as a “sovereign living woman” with the date of birth category replaced with “first breath.”
‘First Breath Location’ was among the strange headings with ‘Earth’ written next to it.
What is Sovereign Citizen Bingo?
The creator of the YouTube channel that posted the South Australian video, they go balionhe produced a cheeky ‘sovereign citizen bingo’ mock card to get people to notice the familiarity of the storylines used in the clips he posts.
It contained several of the moments from the clip, including the man’s excuse that he didn’t need a license because he wasn’t working, that breaking traffic laws is not a crime, and the fact that the police broke his window.
Presumably, just like regular bingo, anyone playing Sovereign Citizens Bingo would simply scratch off the excuses they heard using sovereign citizens in their channel’s videos on their card.
When they score five in a row, they can yell ‘bingo’ and win.