The Intercept Covers Open Police Complaints

If you’re not yet familiar with The Intercept, you should be. Glenn Greenwald, one of its founding editors, broke the story of Edward Snowden. Their reporters are respected (and feared) for their bold work documenting corporate and governmental abuses of power. So when Intercept Reporter Alice Speri contacted us about our new Open Police Complaints … Continued

The Future of Civilian Oversight

Earlier this month I spoke at a conference called Looking Toward the Future of Civilian Oversight. The event was co-sponsored by the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) and the UDC School of Law. This was my first public introduction of Flex Your Rights’ new endeavor, Open Police Complaints (OPC). My presentation remarks … Continued

4 Terrible Ways Departments Block Police Complaints

Police complaints represent a basic First Amendment right to petition the government for a redress of grievances. But here are four ways police departments disregard this fundamental right. 1) Police Station Intimidation For those of you who are brave enough to file police complaints in-person, don’t expect service with a smile. Your typical customer service … Continued