Open Police Complaints (OPC) was developed with contributions from police oversight professionals and web developers from across the nation. Our tools designed to serve the needs of police accountability activists, investigators, attorneys, police chiefs, and others working to advance police oversight and accountability through better, more open data.
OPC Advisory Board
Kelvyn Anderson is the executive director of Philadelphia’s Police Advisory Commission and longtime board member of the National Association National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE). With more than fifteen years of experience as a police oversight professional, he is helping ensure that OPC’s complaints data is maximally beneficial to the police oversight community.
Brian Buchner is the past president of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) and a policy director in Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Public Safety. With more than eleven years of experience as a police oversight professional, he’s helping OPC develop better metrics for evaluating and tracking the complaints we receive.
Cynthia Conti-Cook is a staff attorney with the New York Legal Aid Society. She runs their Cop Accountability Project, a database of police officers accused of wrongdoing. She’s also leading legal efforts to force the City to release records of prior complaints against Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who killed Eric Garner. Her practical knowledge of the civilian complaints process and her commitment to open government data make her an indispensable advisor.
Judge LaDoris H. Cordell (Ret.)
LaDoris H. Cordell is a retired judge of the Superior Court of California and former Independent Police Auditor (IPA) for the city of San Jose, California. Under her guidance, the IPA produced the nation’s most transparent and data-rich annual reports regarding police complaints investigation. These reports, along with Cordell’s individual guidance, were crucial building blocks for OPC’s national complaints service.
Major Neill Franklin (Ret.)
Major Neill Franklin is a 34-year law enforcement veteran of the Maryland State Police and Baltimore Police Department. Franklin is a longtime friend and technical advisor to Flex Your Rights (OPC’s parent company), making sure our information is accurate and reliable.
Franklin is committed to the principles of open government and police transparency that OPC is working to fulfill.
Matthew Hickman, Ph.D.
Matthew Hickman is a an associate professor of criminal justice at Seattle University. A former staffer with the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Hickman has criticized the quality of the government’s national data on citizen complaints and police use of force. As such, he serves as OPC’s data quality ombudsman, helping ensure the accuracy and reliability of our data.
Fritz Mulhauser is a retired ACLU attorney and current Flex Your Rights board member. Fritz has devoted his life to advancing the principles of the Bill of Rights, open government, and justice. He’s been a source of knowledge and wisdom, guiding OPC from its inception.
William H. “Billy” Murphy, Jr.
William H. “Billy” Murphy, Jr. is an attorney and former judge in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2015, he served as attorney for the family of Freddie Gray, who died during an encounter with the Baltimore police. Murphy was the starring narrator and executive producer of Flex Your Rights most recent educational film, 10 Rules for Dealing with Police. Murphy, a longtime civil rights advocate, provides OPC strategic advice for identifying complainants who are credible candidates for potential civil litigation.
Norm Stamper, Ph.D.
Norm Stamper served as chief of the Seattle Police Department from 1994 to 2000. A prominent critic of the War on Drug’s impact on policing culture, he is the author of Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing. His new book, To Protect and To Serve: How to Fix America’s Police, will be released in spring 2016. Stamper is advising OPC on how our data can support conscientious police chiefs working to improve oversight and accountability.
OPC Development Team
Morgan Lesko, Lead Programmer
Morgan Lesko is a web-based programmer and lifelong activist. He founded a chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) at the University of Maryland. After graduating he volunteered to run the organization’s national website using his own content management system. He also built and managed youth activism management software with Rescue Social Change Group. With fifteen years of experience with PHP and MySQL, this is his first project built atop the Laravel coding framework.
Steve Silverman, Creator
Steve Silverman is the founder and executive director of Flex Your Rights (Flex), the parent company of OPC. In 2002, Silverman founded Flex to help educate people about their rights during police encounters. To this end, he created a pair of popular educational movies. The most recent work, 10 Rules for Dealing with Police, is narrated by Billy Murphy, attorney for the family of Freddie Gray. (Both movies are available on the Flex Your Rights YouTube channel, which is about to hit 40 million views.) Frustrated by the innumerable failures of police departments to properly collect, process, and share police complaints information – Silverman is working to build something better.
Cory Troup, Database Administrator
Cory Troup is a Seattle-based IT professional. After a long day he likes to kick back with a laptop and a favorite IPA craft brew to catch up on the latest social justice news. (This is how he discovered Flex Your Rights and OPC.) When the opportunity arose to volunteer with OPC, Troup jumped at it. His contributions to OPC include backend system administration, information security, and database design review.
Ben Word, WordPress Developer
Ben Word is web developer and interaction designer currently living in Dallas, Texas. He creates tools for developers build better WordPress sites. A longtime Flex Your Rights fan, he developed their first mobile-responsive website in 2012. He’s now putting his skills to work on the new OPC website.