The sensible police officer who calls himself "Raptor 13" has built a cult of fanatics and critics thanks to his intransigent police style.
From challenging the bikies to issuing warnings of defects and confrontational traffic stops, the policeman has earned a reputation as one of the toughest officers in New South Wales.
Raptor 13, whose real name is Senior Constable Andrew Murphy, is part of a police anti-gang squad called Strike Force Raptor, created in 2009.
The attack force is an elite militarized police unit, which is understood to be composed of 55 high-ranking policemen with the main objective of dismantling the violent bikie gangs.
The police officer of New South Wales who calls himself & # 39; Raptor 13 & # 39; -name for his official number- has reappeared in the headlines this week for his controversial police style.
Officials accepted into Raptor's tactical unit have to prove their worth in the ring with their commando leader, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph last year.
The & # 39; fight club & # 39; He is ruthless, and officers rarely take the lead against Chief Inspector, Darren Beeche, a fierce boxer with experience in Jiu Jitsu as well.
Since then, Raptor has been divided into additional units: Raptor South in the Illawarra region and Raptor North in the Hunter region, in an attempt to regain control in areas affected by violent territorial wars.
The attack force is composed of some of the most talented officers in the state; a diverse group of accountants, indigenous and courageous men and women willing to put their bodies on the front line.
In the past two years, Officer Raptor 13 drew attention to a series of incidents trapped in the camera by members of the public.
Among them was a confrontation with a group of men traveling in limousines to assassinate the funeral of Comanchero's president, Mick Hawi.
You saw Mr. Murphy taking out his Taser gun and yelling & # 39; They're going to search you & # 39; when tensions flared up among the group of burly men.
He was praised on the program of 2GB broadcaster Ray Hadley for doing an "amazing job".
Senior Sheriff Andrew Murphy is part of a police squad called Strike Force Raptor, established in 2009 to address Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCG)
His last confrontation was with the Sydney truck driver, Ramzy Ali, who registered the officer by slapped him with two tickets, one for the defective passenger seat and the other for an expired registration tag.
But many people are more critical, pointing out other incidents.
Mr. Murphy was previously seen in the camera refusing to show a driver his speed radar and holding a metal pole in the head of a man.
In another incident, he was filmed pushing an elderly motorcyclist wearing a Veterans Motorcycle Club during a tense confrontation on the road.
In the video, Raptor 13 can be heard telling the gray-bearded man to "move" him, before adding: "I'm not asking, I'm telling you.
Last week, Mr. Murphy stopped the Sydney truck driver, Ramzy Ali, slapped him with two tickets for a defective passenger seat and an expired registration tag.
After an inspection of the vehicle by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and a thorough verification of its website, it soon became known that none of the cases was valid.
"The RMS inspectors said that the seat complies with the manufacturer's guidelines and Australian compliance standards," Ali told Daily Mail Australia.
WHAT IS THE NEW SOUTH WALES POLICE STRIKE FORCE RAPTOR?
In 2016, the policeman was filmed holding a metal pole in the head of a young pilot, in a supposed demonstration of how it could be used as a weapon
When the bikers hit a man to death with a metal bollard at the Sydney airport in front of petrified aircraft passengers nearly a decade ago, worried police officers in New South Wales took a resolution.
The gangs of outlaw motorcyclists who rampaged throughout the state could never be allowed to do anything so shameless again.
Such was the genesis of Strike Force Raptor, an elite unit of specialized cops with the balls and legal brains to bust bikie clubs.
Founded in 2009, the unit has become known for using all legal means available to punish bikies and their associates, from the arcane laws of 1800 to road infractions.
It sounds familiar when you consider the case of 'Raptor 13', the top agent Andrew Murphy, who regularly shoots faulty motorcycles and puts them on people's faces.
"The motivation of (Strike Force Raptor) is to be as prominent as the bikies are and to shake their cages," said former police officer and crime writer Duncan McNab.
"What they have achieved is to destabilize the front of the bikies and make some of the serious players angry."
But it is clear that they have also managed to irritate some punters outside the motorcyclist gangs.
Mr. Murphy became the target of vicious online abuses after a petition was launched in March calling for a public inquiry into his conduct as a police officer.
The petition said: "Officer Murphy has gone too far and something must be done."
More than 17,000 people signed the petition, with hundreds labeling the agent as a "bully" who "treats everyone with flagrant disrespect."
"The police should not go out in search of problems … Not all policemen are like that, but this guy has exceeded the limits of his power," said one.
"There is a multitude of evidence that Officer Murphy has gone too far in his duties as a police officer and that something must be done!" Passionately affirms another.
& # 39; Disciplinary action SHOULD be taken for obvious reasons. The police should protect our civilians instead of harassing them. "
More images of the police officer show him throwing a motorcyclist's license to the ground
The officer of Raptor 13 has also been filmed meticulously measuring a motorcyclist's motorcycle
Despite the protest in the petitions, NSW police said they backed Murphy's behavior in images circulating on social networks.
In March, a spokesperson for the New South Wales police told news.com.au that all allegations of misconduct against the officer were part of his police duties.
It was found that controversial incidents posted on social networks were within the protocol and the police said there were no "problems" with their behavior.
Strike Force Raptor has closed at least 40 OMCG clubs since 2012, forcing many clubs, including Hells Angels, Rebels, Bandidos and Commanchero, to move to parts of Southeast Asia.
According to a recent investigation by News Corp, there is now evidence of 36 clubs affiliated with Australia alone in Thailand.
Daily Mail Australia contacted NSW Police to comment on the altercation between Senior Sheriff Andrew Murphy and truck driver Ramzy Ali earlier this week
Achievements of Strike Force Raptor
- Strike Force Raptor has made more than 4,000 arrests in New South Wales since 2009
- The group has also filed nearly 10,000 charges for a variety of crimes, ranging from the most serious and violent to trafficking and association.
- Strike Force Raptor has closed at least 40 OMCG clubs since 2012, forcing many clubs, including Hells Angels, Rebels, Bandidos and Commanchero, to move to parts of Southeast Asia.
- Researchers have worked closely with the NSW government to develop new laws, such as Firearm Prohibition Orders, that allow them to search for anyone suspected of having an illegal firearm.