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Office of Police Complaints Prepares to Monitor Three Major Protest Rallies

Friday, September 15, 2017
Mother of All Rallies, March to Protect American Democracy, and the Juggalo March on Washington

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 the Mother of All Rallies, March to Protect American Democracy, and the Juggalo March on Washington on Saturday, September 16, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

OPC staff will operate in three teams along the National Mall, Lafayette Square, Lincoln Memorial, and the Washington Monument.  Staff will be clearly identifiable wearing neon yellow “Assembly Observers” arm bands and equipped with video/audio recorders.

“OPC will monitor police interactions with the rally attendees,” said Michael G. Tobin, OPC’s executive director.  “We do this to ensure everyone can exercise their First Amendment rights to protest peacefully.”

Anyone who experiences or observes police misconduct during the rallies should file a complaint directly through OPC’s website at www.policecomplaints.dc.gov/service/file-a-complaint 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 or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OfficeofPoliceComplaints.