Impersonating the Australian police chief, calling for a coup

Australian police have charged a woman with fraud when she released an audio recording posing as a police commander calling for a coup.

In a 43-minute recording that was circulated on social media earlier this year, the self-identified Australian Federal Police Chief Reece Kershaw called on the recruits to “overthrow the government”. Australian police today said the recording was fake and arrested two suspects, a man in Western Australia and a 49-year-old woman in South Australia.

The woman is accused of impersonating a police officer and participating in the shipment of more than 400 fake federal police badges from an overseas manufacturer.

Australian Federal Police Chief Reece Kershaw.  Photo: AAP

Australian Federal Police Chief Reece Kershaw. Photo: AAP

In the recording, the Kershaw impersonator raised a series of grievances, mainly based on unfounded conspiracy theories, aimed at the Australian government’s Covid-19 vaccination and restriction policy. He called on recruits, including some armed, to carry out a campaign to “catch” top Australian officials and “dissolve the government” by force if necessary.

“Those at the highest levels will be overthrown,” said the man posing as the police chief, adding that a prominent activist would be appointed “real governor”. “This is not a game of bloodshed, there will be times when you stand on the edge of life and death,” this guy claimed. The recording has garnered more than 100,000 views online.

Australian law enforcement today said there was no evidence of “an imminent threat to public safety” and “has not found any evidence that the group is capable of engaging in acts that are not known to the public.” they discussed.”

Covid-19 has sparked the spread of fake news and fabrications in Australia, some of which are inspired by conspiracy theory organizations abroad, especially the US. Assistant counterterrorism police chief Scott Lee said authorities are continuing to investigate and may arrest more suspects.

“Impersonating an official and abusing police badges is very serious. This consequence is reflected in today’s investigation and arrest action,” he said, adding that most of the fake police badges had been removed. recall.

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