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South Australian police smash car window of ‘sovereign citizen’ after he refuses to show ID

Wild videos have surfaced of Australian police smashing a car window to arrest a supposed ‘sovereign citizen’ for driving without a license and refusing to show real ID after a tense roadside standoff.

The footage, captured from the man’s Mitsubishi 4WD, shows officers losing their temper after issuing several requests and warnings, eventually smashing a rear window and removing the defiant driver.

The incident took place on December 11 on Spencer Highway, in Wallaroo, northwest of Adelaide, and resulted in the arrest of a 42-year-old man on several charges.

Despite what appears to be a clear example of the police facing a stubborn refusal to comply, the man has since sued the SA government on several counts, including ‘armed kidnapping’.

Wild videos have surfaced of South Australian police smashing a car window to arrest a supposed ‘sovereign citizen’ after stubbornly refusing all their requests

SA Police confirmed the bizarre incident took place north west of Adelaide on December 11 and resulted in the arrest of a 42-year-old driver on various charges

SA Police confirmed the bizarre incident took place north west of Adelaide on December 11 and resulted in the arrest of a 42-year-old driver on various charges

SA Police confirmed the bizarre incident took place north west of Adelaide on December 11 and resulted in the arrest of a 42-year-old driver on various charges

What is a Sovereign Citizen?

Today’s sovereign belief system is based on a decades-old conspiracy theory.

Sovereign citizens believe that they — not judges, juries, law enforcement officials, or elected officials — should decide which laws to obey and which to ignore.

Most sovereign citizens do not think they should pay taxes either.

As part of the strange ideology, the Sovereigns believe that the law of the sea should be used to rule – even on land.

They also believe that capitalization on birth certificates is used to make individuals a legal person, not a sovereign person.

Source: Southern Poverty Law Center (US)

The video’s emergence comes just a day after a woman who claimed she’s “not part of the state” clashed with a NSW police officer when she was pulled over for not showing license plates.

In the South Australian video, police try to explain to the driver exactly how he broke the law and what to do for at least 10 minutes before he realizes he’s not budging.

‘Last warning. Show us your real ID or you’ll come with us,” an officer says through his passenger window after a long standoff.

“I don’t have real ID, I showed you the real ID,” the driver stutters, before a cop barges in and climbs into his backseat.

“Now you are under arrest,” he is told.

The incident involved three South Australian police officers and the male driver, who speaks with a thick foreign accent.

As the clip begins, the officers say they believe the man is driving an unregistered vehicle with a suspended driver’s license and ask him to get out of his vehicle and provide identification.

“The documentation you provided has a name on it, the name associated with it has a suspended driver’s license,” an agent explains.

The officers also determined that his car was uninsured and asked him for identification and a roadside breath test.

He rejects all requests.

The man is heard all the while arguing that he has done nothing wrong and 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 travel in your car,” he tells the officer. ‘You need a driver’s license if you make money from what you do, if it comes to commerce. If you know the meaning of the word, this is what you say.’

In all Australian states and territories, it is an offense to operate a motor vehicle on the road without a valid driver’s license. When driving, you must carry your driver’s license with you and show it to a police officer when asked.

The footage, captured from the man's Mitsubishi 4WD, shows officers losing their temper after issuing several requests and warnings, eventually smashing a rear window and removing the defiant driver.

The footage, captured from the man's Mitsubishi 4WD, shows officers losing their temper after issuing several requests and warnings, eventually smashing a rear window and removing the defiant driver.

The footage, captured from the man’s Mitsubishi 4WD, shows officers losing their temper after issuing several requests and warnings, eventually smashing a rear window and removing the defiant driver.

All motor vehicles operating on Australian roads must be registered. In SA, fines of up to $7500 are due for driving an unregistered vehicle

Sovereign Citizens are a loosely connected but growing movement of people who interacted primarily on social media during the pandemic.

They often feel that they — not judges, juries, law enforcement officers, 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 requests, he replies, “I am not below you, I will never be below you.”

In latest video, when cops warn driver ‘you’re going to get arrested’ he shoots back ‘what’s the crime’ [for me] be arrested?’

“It’s going to run in an unregistered vehicle,” he begins, but is cut off. ‘It’s not a crime. Where’s the victim?’

‘Where is the victim please? Where’s the victim!’

Chloe Fisher, was stopped by police while driving down the road at Gundagai, claimed she was allowed to drive without number plates because she 'became sovereign'

Chloe Fisher, was stopped by police while driving down the road at Gundagai, claimed she was allowed to drive without number plates because she 'became sovereign'

Chloe Fisher, was stopped by police while driving down the road at Gundagai, claimed she was allowed to drive without number plates because she ‘became sovereign’

When the reality sinks in that the police aren’t buying his defense, he asks “why don’t you write a fine?”

“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 flashed through the window, but refuses to hand over.

At that point, the three officers seem to give up negotiating with the unwilling driver.

In a statement, SA Police told Daily Mail Australia that the man had committed multiple offenses and had refused all police directions.

‘At approximately 10:40 am on Sunday 11 December, police stopped the driver of a Mitsubishi 4WD on the Spencer Highway, Wallaroo after checks showed the car was unregistered and uninsured’

“The driver was instructed to submit to a roadside breath test, but he refused. He also refused to leave his vehicle after several requests from the police.

This allowed access to his vehicle and the driver was arrested.

“A 42-year-old man from Wallaroo 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 Kadina Magistrates Court on January 30.

A narrated clip of the frustrating incident was posted to a YouTube channel showing the bizarre antics of “sovereign citizens” from around the world.

The channel claimed that the man in the video believes he has a ‘damage claim’ against SA police for ‘armed assault, multi-count offence, armed kidnapping, destruction of private property and unlawful detention of liberties’.

In another clear example of ‘sovereign citizens’ ignoring traffic rules, Chloe Fisher was pulled over by police while driving near Gundagai, in rural NSW.

She used her phone to film her conversation with the policewoman who asked her for ID and whether the vehicle had a license plate.

She got out of the car and explained that she had not shown license plates because she was in the process of “becoming sovereign.”

She presented the officer with an identity card detailing her status as “sovereign living woman,” replacing the date of birth with “first breath.”

“Location of First Breath” was one of the bizarre headlines with “Earth” written next to it.

What is Sovereign Citizen Bingo?

The creator of the YouTube channel that posted the South Australian video, Van Balion, produced a cheeky fake “sovereign citizen bingo” card that showed people how familiar the arguments used in the clips he posts were .

It featured several moments from the clip, including the man’s excuse that he didn’t need a driver’s license because he wasn’t working, that breaking traffic rules isn’t a crime, and the fact that his window was smashed by the police.

Presumably, just like regular bingo, anyone playing Sovereign Citizen Bingo would simply mark on their card the excuses Sovereign Citizens used in the videos on his channel.

If they score five in a row, they get to shout “bingo” and win.

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