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Office of Police Complaints Prepares to Monitor Justice or Else Gathering

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Agency staff members will monitor MPD’s treatment of individuals attending the gathering.

(Washington, DC)  – The Office of Police Complaints (OPC), under authority granted to its governing body, the Police Complaints Board, will monitor the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) response to the “Justice or Else!” gathering on October 10, 2015 at the National Mall in Washington, DC.

OPC executives, attorneys, and investigators will operate in four teams between the Lincoln Memorial (23rd Street, NW) and the US Capitol (East Capitol Street Northeast & First St SE).  Agency staff will also be present at MPD’s main command center. 

In addition, OPC staff members will be clearly identifiable with black and silver jackets that display the agency’s seal on the front and the letters “OPC” on the back.  Agency staff will also wear arm bands with the label “Assembly Observer” printed on them, and will be equipped with audio and video recorders.

“OPC’s mission is to increase community trust in the police,” said Michael G. Tobin, OPC’s executive director.  “By monitoring the police response of those attending the Justice or Else gathering, the community can feel comfortable that everyone will be allowed to exercise their First Amendment rights.”

For additional information or questions, please contact OPC at (202) 727-3838.