AUSTRALIA has suspended the head of the Australian Federal Police for posting a video online in which she is seen smoking marijuana and posting “LOL”.
Key points:Police Chief Ian Stewart has received threatening messages and has received a death threat in the pastTwo officers have been suspended and another has been charged with misconductPolice have received a threat after a video of Ms Stewart smoking marijuana was posted onlineThe AFP said the chief was suspended on Saturday after a death threats.
In the video, which she posted on Saturday night, Ms Stewart is seen saying she is using marijuana to cope with her pain from an accident involving a car, a police spokesman said.
“I’ve just come to the conclusion that I’m not the best person to use it,” she said.
In a video posted on social media, Ms Armstrong was seen smoking cannabis and posting a link to a YouTube video of her smoking marijuana, with a caption that read “Lol I smoke weed all the time”.
The AFP confirmed the commissioner’s suspension, which was handed down by Acting Chief Commissioner Andrew Colvin, was effective immediately.
“Following this incident, the AFP immediately suspended the AFP Chief and has referred this matter to the Department of Police,” the AFP said in a statement.
“The AFP is committed to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism in all of its activities and has been working with the Department to ensure that the AFP is able to do so in the future.”
The AFP chief has faced calls to resign after a string of incidents including the death of a toddler, the resignation of an undercover police officer and an attempted kidnapping.
In July, Ms Campbell was suspended by the AFP after it was revealed she had used the social media platform Instagram to post a series of racist and sexist comments and photos.
In May, she was suspended for posting on Instagram a picture of her sleeping on a bed with the caption “Haha!
The bed is perfect for a young man like me”.
The death of Victoria toddler Miah is the latest death involving an undercover cop in the country.
The 17-month-old was found in the car of a woman in Melbourne’s south in November and died after she was left in a hot car for hours.
In December, two undercover police officers were arrested for the attempted kidnapping of a man in Sydney’s CBD in October.
But it has been the latest incident involving the AFP to see a woman accused of criminal conduct being arrested, charged and ultimately suspended for alleged misconduct.
Topics:police,police-sieges,social-media,victoria-4077,aestrial-5061,vic,canberra-2600,act,aotearoa-2481First posted October 13, 2019 18:20:38Contact Josh MacdonaldMore stories from New South Wales