Noting that "innocent people are routinely stopped, searched, harassed, bullied into compliance and humiliated every day," the American Civil Liberties Union released "Mobile Justice" in several states this week, an app designed to make sure records of encounters with police actually survive the encounter. The app automatically upload videos of police officer encounters, along with any notes on the encounter, directly to the ACLU for review, a useful tool considering the occasional practice of officers smashing cell phones when filmed.
The ACLU's website includes the following description of Mobile Justice's capabilities (the app is state-specific; this is from the version of the app specifically for Missourians):
Whether anyone recording a police encounter will use this app rather than just their their iPhone and YouTube account remains to be seen. Regardless, it is an interesting reflection of the modern state of technology, social media, policing, and justice.
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