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