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Kyogle man Keith Knights. (Facebook)

A Kyogle man who posted a video online calling for police to be killed will face Lismore Court today after his arrest and extradition from Queensland yesterday.

Keith Knights was investigated by the NSW Police Fixated Persons Investigation Unit after he allegedly called for the murder of police officers in an online video.

It is alleged a series of abusive posts had been lodged by 37 year-old Mr Knights about various police organisations and the judiciary over a considerable period, before he posted the video calling for police killings last week.

The 40 minute video was found by police posted on his personal Facebook page and on the Facebook group  Freeman Delusion The Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Argument in Australia.

In the video, Mr Knights allegedly outlined plans to kill police officers and encouraged others to do the same.

‘It is time to rise up and shut down these drug-dealing cops,’ Mr Knights allegedly says in the video.

‘So when they come for their cut, for their bunch of chemicals, you have every right as free citizens to ambush them and to kill them.

‘And yes, you did hear me right, that is what I said. Don’t do it in a way that endangers you or your family.

‘There are several locations around the shire, around the Northern Rivers that would make excellent locations for an ambush.’

Officers from the Fixated Persons Investigations Unit  applied for warrants for Mr Knights arrest.

Mr Knights was arrested by Queensland police in Brisbane’s CBD yesterday about 1.30 pm and charged with the arrest warrants.

He appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon where NSW police successfully applied for his extradition.

The magistrate granted his extradition and Mr Knights was remanded into the custody of NSW police.

Mr Knights was taken straight to Lismore police station where he was charged with solicit to murder and sending a threatening document to kill.

Following his arrest police conducted a search of his Kyogle property yesterday afternoon and officers seized a number of items for forensic examination.

The Fixated Persons Investigation Unit was established in April this year and focuses on the detection, intervention and prevention of so-called ‘lone actor’ and ‘fixated person’ threats across the state.

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