Skip to comments.ACLU-NJ Launches Smartphone App That Lets Users Secretly Record Police Stops
Posted on 07/04/2012 11:47:16 AM PDT by matt04
New Jerseys 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 ACLUs Alexander Shalom said the app is easy to use.
Theres really only three buttons that the user needs to deal with, Shalom said. Theres 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 theyre going to be placed under arrest, and theres a button to record audio and a button to record video.
You can think back to when Rodney King was beaten at the hands of the LAPD, Shalom said. For years, weve watched the police on video and thats 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.
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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.
Sometimes life is pretty good.
I’m sure those videos will be “accidentally” lost by the ACLU.
They’re useless unless they instantly stream the vid off to a safe place. Do they?
Not on the Apple iTunes Store...
I'll be waiting
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.
They stole my idea!
The ACLU is starting to scare me. Going something I like.
Doing something I like.
I'm sorry, I can't parse that second sentence.
I think this is a good thing, but prosecutors should have access to the videos as well.
Will the ACLU be liable if some pervert uses the App for nefarious activities?
This might even mean the end to "puppycide".
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.
Try that west of the Delaware and you’ll be busted under the PA wiretap statute-—two party consent state.
“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”.
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.
Is there a button to get a replacement for the cell phone the police officer shoved up your patoot?
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.
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