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.
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 in 2002. 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.
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.
OPC Advisory Board
Open Police Complaints (OPC) was developed with contributions from police oversight professionals and web developers from across the nation. Our tools are 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
Read Billy’s full bio.