Police departments are taking lockdown recommendations incredibly seriously.
Maybe a little too seriously.
A police helicopter in Queensland, Australia spotted three young men allegedly trespassing on a building drinking beer. The men have been fined over $1000 each for violating social distancing rules.
Three young men will be fined for breaching social distancing restrictions after being caught allegedly trespassing on the roof of a Gold Coast building.
Polair footage shows the moment the trio was caught on the roof of the Jefferson Lane building in Palm Beach on Saturday night.
Aerial footage from the helicopter shows Nightvision video of the moment that the trio was confronted by police.
An officer tells the individuals, “This is the police. This is the police. To the three people sitting on the building rooftop – yes, we can see you with your cold drinks. The building is surrounded by police. We need you to return to the ground floor. Return to the bottom immediately, please.”
The fines are pretty steep for grabbing a brew with a couple of buddies.
The men, aged 19, 20 and 21, will be fined $1334 for breaching public health directions against gatherings for non-essential reasons, police said.
They were also issued infringement notices for being unlawfully on premises.
“This is a textbook example of a breach where there has been a total and blatant disregard for not only the law, but also the direction of the chief health officer’s directions,” Gold Coast Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler said.
Source: 7 News Australia
Police helicopter catches rooftop drinkers breaking Australia lockdown rules pic.twitter.com/QabVQCZicN
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While it isn’t ok for them to be trespassing, and two of the three were also charged with drug possession, it’s still a massive overreach to arrest them for gathering in a small group to have a beer or two.
We’ve seen that petty tyrants and “big tech” are quick to partner and become “Big Brother” in the midst of a global pandemic.
If you have a smartphone, Apple and Google are tracking your location and sending the data to governments to determine how well the shelter-in-place orders are being followed. They say that your data is being anonymized, but, well, they’re already spying on you, so can we really trust them?