Legal Observer Training
Do you want to help protect 1st Amendment rights at protests and demonstrations? Interested in providing legal support for any number of social justice causes across Michigan from eviction defense to water rights and the fight against police brutality?
Learn more about becoming a Legal Observer! The Detroit and Michigan Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild in conjunction with the Detroit Black Panther Historical Project is currently building capacity to provide legal support for activists on the frontlines of these issues and more. The presence of Legal Observers may act as a deterrent against unjust police practices. Our role is to document police interference with first amendment rights activity at political actions. We are connected to a network of civil rights attorneys locally and nationally who depend on these notes in court when activists are arrested.
Please register on Eventbrite so that we can get an accurate headcount. Light refreshments will be provided. The training is free to the public. Donations are appreciated.
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What is a "Legal Observer"?
Legal observers are individuals, usually representatives of civilian human rights agencies, who attend public demonstrations, protests and other activities where there is a potential for conflict between the public or activists and the police, security guards, or other law enforcement personnel. The purpose of legal observers is to monitor, record, and report on any unlawful or improper behaviour. Legal or human rights observers act as an independent third party within a conflictual civil protest context, observing police behaviour in order to keep police accountable for their actions. Legal observers can write incident reports describing police violence and misbehaviour and compile reports after the event.