So you see a cop wailing on an innocent unarmed person and begin to film them, only to have some other cop grab your phone and refuse to give it back. What are you going to do now that your evidence is gone?
Well, thank you, ACLU, for the solution… MOBILE JUSTICE! Yes, on your Android or iPhone you can film the cops and it will be automatically uploaded to where they can’t get to it. As TheNation puts it:
The app features a large red “Record” button in the middle of the screen. When it’s pressed, the video is recorded on the phone and a duplicate copy is transmitted simultaneously to the ACLU server. When the “stop” button is pressed, a “Report” screen appears, where information about the location of the incident and the people involved can also be transmitted to the ACLU. The video and the information are treated as a request for legal assistance and reviewed by staff members. No action is taken by the ACLU, however, unless an explicit request is made, and the reports are treated as confidential and privileged legal communications. The videos, however, may be shared by the ACLU with the news media, community organizations or the general public to help call attention to police abuse.
The app is available in English and Spanish. It includes a “Know Your Rights” page.
Before that the only hope you really had was that the Google+ app’s feature did the auto-upload to your cloud. But this goes up with immediate ACLU action, and that’s even better.
When we have to create apps to help us not get killed by police, when filming them should’ve always been legal in the first place… I mean, what have they got to hide?
So when they tell you to stop or they’ll shoot, you can now say the same thing. And that’s how it should be.
– posted at Tumblr