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Office of Police Complaints Prepares to Monitor Protests of the 2017 Inauguration

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – The Office of Police Complaints (OPC), under the authority granted to its governing body, the Police Complaints Board (PCB), will monitor and evaluate the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) handling of any protest demonstrations of the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C.

OPC staff will operate in five teams along the parade route and inauguration ceremony between Union Station and C Street, NW; Independence Avenue and 2nd Street, NW; Constitution Avenue, NW (Washington Monument); and the White House perimeter.  OPC staff will also be present at MPD’s main command center.

Additionally, agency “observers” will clearly be identifiable with black and silver jackets that display OPC’s logo on the front and the letters “OPC” on the back.  “Observers” will also wear arm bands with the label “Assembly Observer” printed on them and will be equipped with video/audio recorders as well as OPC business cards.

“It is the policy and law of the District of Columbia that individuals have a right to participate in peaceful demonstrations,” said Michael G. Tobin, OPC’s executive director.  “We will be monitoring and recording police interactions to ensure that everyone, regardless of political orientation is allowed to do so.”

Anyone who experiences or observes police misconduct during inauguration weekend or any other time, should file a complaint directly through OPC’s website at www.policecomplaints.dc.gov/service/file-a-complaint using your electronic device or call the agency’s 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-866-588-0569.

For additional information or questions, please contact OPC at (202) 727-3838.  Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OfficeofPoliceComplaints.