Legal Observers Preserve the Rights of Protestors

David Gespass
Legal Observers attend demonstrations, marches, rallies, and protests, not as participants, but as objective witnesses.

Legal Observers attend demonstrations, marches, rallies, and protests, not as participants, but as objective witnesses.

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National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Legal Observers (LOs) attend demonstrations, marches, rallies, and protests, not as participants, but as objective witnesses. They monitor police and document violations of protesters’ rights in the event of subsequent criminal or civil litigation. Their neon green hats are seen at protests everywhere but do not necessarily afford them protection from police abuse. LOs have been arrested, pepper-sprayed, hit with rubber bullets, and suffered the same injuries as the protesters they seek to protect.

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