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ACLU-NJ Launches Smartphone App That Lets Users Secretly Record Police Stops
CBS NY ^

Posted on 07/04/2012 11:47:16 AM PDT by matt04

New Jersey’s branch of the American Civil Liberties Union has taken its mission of policing the police to smartphones.

The ACLU has released an app called “Police Tape” that lets users secretly record police stops.

The ACLU’s Alexander Shalom said the app is easy to use.

“There’s really only three buttons that the user needs to deal with,” Shalom said. “There’s a know your rights button that educates the citizen about their rights when encountering police on the street, in a car, in their home or when they’re going to be placed under arrest, and there’s a button to record audio and a button to record video.”

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“You can think back to when Rodney King was beaten at the hands of the LAPD,” Shalom said. “For years, we’ve watched the police on video and that’s led to reforms and police accountability, but now that cellphones and smartphones are becoming more ubiquitous, people have this ability to videotape. It really is a cutting-edge tool to ensure accountability in the 21st century.”

(Excerpt) Read more at newyork.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: aclu; police
Let me know when the ACLU goes after the TSA who gets away with groping and nude viewing of women, children and the elderly on a daily basis with no probable cause. I'm not going to hold my breath.
1 posted on 07/04/2012 11:47:24 AM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

It’s going to be ironic when this gets used against Holder’s People at election time. I hope there’s enough room on YouTube.


2 posted on 07/04/2012 11:54:15 AM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: matt04
I remember how pissed off that deputy in florida got when I started taking pictures...and then I won in court.

Sometimes life is pretty good.

3 posted on 07/04/2012 11:55:12 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (A Dalmation was spotted wagging its tail.)
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To: Steamburg

I’m sure those videos will be “accidentally” lost by the ACLU.


4 posted on 07/04/2012 11:56:54 AM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

They’re useless unless they instantly stream the vid off to a safe place. Do they?


5 posted on 07/04/2012 12:05:50 PM PDT by Lady Lucky (If you believe what you're saying, quit making taxable income. Starve the beast.)
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To: matt04

Not on the Apple iTunes Store...


6 posted on 07/04/2012 12:20:31 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: HangnJudge
The app, which debuts only for Android devices but will be available for iPhones later this month, is simple to use and can be downloaded at aclu-nj.org/app.
7 posted on 07/04/2012 12:37:57 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne
but will be available for iPhones later this month

I'll be waiting

8 posted on 07/04/2012 12:46:47 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: matt04
Like the cops always tell us, "Only someone with something to hide would object."
9 posted on 07/04/2012 12:48:29 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: matt04

It seems to me that somebody could make a lot of money with a car accessory.

A digital audio/video recorder that would be wired to five pinhole cameras/microphones, the four sides of the car and one of the outside of the driver’s window.

A simpler version would just have two: one of the rear of the car and the other of the driver’s window.

It would be discreet enough for no part of it to be detected during a regular search of the car by police.

And it might even be enabled so that once it had been activated, and “run out the clock”, say three hours of recording time for each camera, without being turned off, then the system would search for an open WiFi to connect with. As soon as it found a stable WiFi, it would transmit its video/audio to a third party.


10 posted on 07/04/2012 12:54:51 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: matt04

They stole my idea!


11 posted on 07/04/2012 12:57:29 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark

The ACLU is starting to scare me. Going something I like.


12 posted on 07/04/2012 1:04:06 PM PDT by Roklok
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To: Roklok

Doing something I like.


13 posted on 07/04/2012 1:06:18 PM PDT by Roklok
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To: Roklok
The ACLU is starting to scare me. Going something I like.

I'm sorry, I can't parse that second sentence.

14 posted on 07/04/2012 1:33:06 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: matt04

I think this is a good thing, but prosecutors should have access to the videos as well.


15 posted on 07/04/2012 1:42:29 PM PDT by Kenny500c
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To: matt04
>> The app lets users record audio and video discretely with a stealth mode that hides the fact that the recording is happening <<<

Sounds like there is a lot of potential for abuse. What about laws on recording conversations?

Can the police use the app to record a confession after a Miranda Warning ??
16 posted on 07/04/2012 1:42:45 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: Kenny500c

Will the ACLU be liable if some pervert uses the App for nefarious activities?


17 posted on 07/04/2012 1:45:07 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
The fact that so many people are cogitating on this reveals that there is a problem solveable with modern technology.

This might even mean the end to "puppycide".

18 posted on 07/04/2012 2:02:05 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: elkfersupper

I quite agree. Having a system like this in one’s home could make all the difference in the world.

Imagine a jury watching a video of a police SWAT team gunning down some families Maltese in front of screaming, crying small children, because it was doing a greetings dance on its little hind feet, *after* the cop testifies that “the dog bit him and he felt threatened”.

Yep, that would be entertaining.


19 posted on 07/04/2012 2:12:24 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: matt04

Try that west of the Delaware and you’ll be busted under the PA wiretap statute-—two party consent state.


20 posted on 07/04/2012 2:26:32 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini--nevertheless, Vote Santorum!)
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To: Kid Shelleen

“Will the ACLU be liable if some pervert uses the App for nefarious activities?”

“Will gun manufacturers be liable if some criminal uses their product for nefarious activities?”

The answer to both questions should be the same. I vote for “no”.


21 posted on 07/04/2012 3:39:26 PM PDT by Blue_Ridge_Mtn_Geek
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To: matt04

My son, who is a cop was the subject of a scathing letter to the editor, in which the woman lied repeatedly. The police chief wrote his own letter to the editor, daring the woman to sue my son or the police department. It seems the entire traffic stop was audio and video taped, he invited her or any expert to examine the tape, to insure that it was original and unedited.

The chief had high praise for my son’s professionalism. Not so much as an impolite word or action from him, the woman, one of Holder’s people made up the whole thing, including charges of racism.

She has not taken the chief up on his dare.

Video/audio tape works both ways.

The police department should sue her for every food stamp she has.


22 posted on 07/04/2012 6:20:11 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58
The police department should sue her for every food stamp she has.

Rotflmao!!
23 posted on 07/04/2012 6:30:07 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Obama hates Mexicans (Fast and Furious))
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To: matt04
“There’s a know your rights button that educates the citizen about their rights when encountering police on the street, in a car, in their home or when they’re going to be placed under arrest, and there’s a button to record audio and a button to record video.”

Is there a button to get a replacement for the cell phone the police officer shoved up your patoot?

24 posted on 07/04/2012 8:36:29 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Democrats are the problem. Vote them out, all of them.)
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To: Graybeard58

Good for your son. Video is great for defense. But too many videos are “lost” or “accidentally deleted”, or they “forgot” to turned it on.

And some take their victims out of camera view. Officer harless did that. a third party recording and storage is best. No cop should have control of his recording device or tape. And the shouldn’t be allowed laws protecting against being recorded. Cockroaches love the dark.


25 posted on 07/05/2012 11:16:46 AM PDT by LevinFan
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