Rally call­ing for ‘ bully’ cop to be sacked is put on hold

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - LIL­LIAN SALEH

A PUB­LIC rally call­ing for the sack­ing of a po­lice of­fi­cer known as Rap­tor 13 was called off at the last minute by or­gan­is­ers fear­ful hot tem­pers and hot weather would be a recipe for trou­ble.

Pop­u­lar Face­book page Lebo Memes was pro­mot­ing the rally in re­sponse to Se­nior Con­sta­ble

An­drew Mur­phy and a col­league hav­ing been found to have en­gaged in se­ri­ous mis­con­duct in­clud­ing in­tim­i­da­tion and racial prej­u­dice to­wards two Afghani women by the Law En­force­ment Con­duct Com­mis­sion (LECC).

Footage of the in­ci­dent — cap­tured on po­lice body cam­era and in-car cam­era — re­leased by the LECC this week of the April 20 in­ci­dent in Par­ra­matta showed Snr Const Mur­phy and the sec­ond of­fi­cer deal­ing with the 24-year-old driver and her step­mother af­ter pulling them over. Af­ter the women stopped, Snr Const Mur­phy can be heard shout­ing: “You must be the most stu­pid­est (sic) per­son I’ve ever met as a driver …”

In his de­fence, Snr Const

Mur­phy told the LECC that “he had never been this rude to any­one else be­fore’’, but later agreed that “it has hap­pened in the past” although not “many times”. He felt “em­bar­rassed” but made no ef­fort to apol­o­gise, the re­port con­cluded.

Po­lice went to Par­ra­matta Park an­tic­i­pat­ing a large crowd for the sched­uled 2pm rally. In­stead they were met by the Lebo Memes page ad­min­is­tra­tor — who chooses to re­main anony­mous — along with Mus­lim com­mu­nity leader Steve Dabliz.

“We de­cided to send the mes­sage out to the boys and the com­mu­nity and tell them not to come,” Mr Dabliz said.

“We de­cided to find an­other way to protest peace­fully.”

Part of the ar­rest.

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