Victorian Police have been accused of abusing their ‘State of Emergency’ powers after it was alleged an officer threatened a man for putting out his garbage bins after curfew.
Avi Yemini of TR News released CCTV footage on Wednesday showing two Victorian Police officers approach a man, named Jordan Hale, who was in front of his house around midnight.
The man said he had just put his bins out, which he had forgotten to do earlier, and was sending a text message when the police officers pulled up.
“The police officers followed me onto the property, to which I responded, where’s your warrant? Are we under martial law?” Jordan told TR News.
Jordan said the officer responded by saying, “You’re lucky my gun isn’t in your face. I know you think you have rights, but I can actually enter your house under the Medical Act.”
Jordan, who described himself as a “law-abiding citizen without a criminal record,” said he was stunned by the officer’s response.
“I was doing the simple act of putting out my bins, maybe an hour beyond curfew, but as you can see on the footage, I was not even a metre away from my property.”
Jordan is now urging Victorian Police to release the bodycam footage and audio recording of the incident.