in today’s “good news” …
Occupiers Rejoice! All my “stop n Frisk” victims in Brooklyn be encouraged. Some real revolutionaries over at the New Jersey Chapter of the ACLU have developed an app that allows people to record encounters with the police.
It’s discreet .. so you won’t have to worry about one-time smashing your phone and hauling you off to jail. And the best part? IT’S FREE!!
Once you record your encounter, the info is sent to ACLU’s cloud for review, so the police cannot delete the incriminating evidence. the app also provides great info for knowing your rights under several circumstances. (check the video at the end of the story for more details).
The ACLU reports:
“This app provides an essential tool for police accountability,” said ACLU-NJ Executive Director Deborah Jacobs. “Too often incidents of serious misconduct go unreported because citizens don’t feel that they will be believed. Here, the technology empowers citizens to place a check on police power directly.” In light of the frequency of altercations between citizens and seasonal police at the shore, the ACLU-NJ released the App in time for the July 4th holiday.
The Android “Police Tape” app records video and audio discreetly, disappearing from the screen once the recording begins to prevent any attempt by police to squelch the recording. In addition to keeping a copy on the phone itself, the user can choose to send it to the ACLU-NJ for backup storage and analysis of possible civil liberties violations.
A version awaiting approval from Apple will be available later this summer in the App Store for iOs to audio record encounters with police.
“Historically, vivid images of police mistreating citizens have seared our public consciousness and in some cases spurred important changes,” said ACLU-NJ Policy Counsel Alexander Shalom. “Photos and video are critical to ensuring police accountability and police should know that the eyes of the public are on them at all times.”
The “Police Tape” app is available for download at http://www.aclu-nj.org/yourrights/the-app-place/. The New York Civil Liberties Union released a similar, New York City-specific app to target “stop and frisk” searches by the New York Police Department in early June.
We ain’t mad at it!