Conspiracy theorist dramatically arrested
Conspiracy theorist and virus denier Eve Black has been dramatically arrested in Melbourne, a week after she laughed her way through a police checkpoint.
Ms Black, 28, attracted outrage and was labelled selfish after she uploaded a video of her arguing with a police officer at a coronavirus checkpoint last week.
Ms Black, who last week uploaded a video of her confrontation with police at a lockdown checkpoint, was detained just before 2pm today in an arrest that forced police to smash her car window.
In a statement, Victoria Police said Ms Black, from Warrandyte, had been arrested on Princes St in the inner city Melbourne suburb of Carlton.
"She was asked to provide her name and address which she refused to do. Police then directed her to produce her driver's licence and explain her reason for travel, which she also refused to comply with," police said.
"This led to police arresting her. During the arrest, police were forced to break the woman's car window as she refused to speak to them, wind down her window, or step out of the vehicle."
Members from Dandenong's frontline tactical unit arrested Ms Black.
The 28-year-old has been released pending summons for traffic-related offences, failing to produce a license, failing to produce name and address, and breaches of the Chief Health Officer's directives.
Victoria Police had been looking for Ms Black since she laughed at officers while passing through a checkpoint in Bunyip on July 23.
Last week, Ms Black said she had no regrets about her public stunt, posting a message on her Facebook page saying "I regret nothing. I'm just tired of the abuse and threats. Wake up, sleeper" with the emoji of a sheep.
She also posted a quote purportedly from Melbourne Supreme Court Justice Stephen Kaye saying "it is an ancient principle of the common law that a person under arrest has no obligation to stop for police or answer their questions.
Ms Black engaged in a short debate with one of her followers who asked "what about if they committed an offence".
She replied: "An offence is usually considered such through legislation. Technically, you must consent to legislation. However even still, they can not arrest you for an offence such as speeding etc."
"What she did was incredibly selfish and by posting it on social media she was encouraging others to do the same," Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville said.
The officer seen in the footage was wearing a body camera and police know who Ms Black is, Ms Neville added.
"I'm sure she's looking forward to a knock on the door from police officers."
Ms Black's video is one of a number circulating showing Melburnians subject to a stage 3 lockdown flouting the rules, with the encouragement and support of a conspiracy group.
"Let's take them down," she says in the video as she drives up the checkpoint, and prays to God to give her strength.
Instead of sharing information at the checkpoint, Ms Black asks the officer whether she'd "disturbed the peace" by trying to leave her town.
"No," the officer responds.
"I just asked what your reason for leaving today is."
Ms Black responds: "I don't need to tell you that. I don't know you."
The officer asked again where she had come from.
"I don't need to answer your questions. Have I committed a crime? Have I committed a crime?" she asked twice.
The officer then waves Ms Black through the checkpoint and she can be seen laughing loudly as she drives away.
"I feel so good," she says to the camera. She then bragged about it on Facebook.
"BOOM! No fine, drove straight out of Melbourne, they took no info from me," she wrote.
"No License, No questions of theirs were answered. They work for us, not the other way around. YOU get to ask the questions. NOT them."
Ms Black said she was "nervous as heck" as she approached the checkpoint, but encouraged her friends and family to "know their rights" during lockdown. She's not the only one fighting back against public health measures.
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