A civil rights group has released a new smartphone 'stealth' app which allows users to record video of police encounters without the officer's
knowledge. Called the 'Police Tape', the app makes the phone act as if it is off when recording video displaying a blank screen and when audio is
being recorded, the app automatically minimises and disappears.
'Police often videotape civilians and civilians have a constitutionally protected right to videotape police,' said Alexander Shalom of the ACLU to
the Star Ledger. 'When people know they're being watched, they tend to behave well.'
Last month the New York Civil Liverties Union launched a similar smartphone app called 'Stop and Frisk Watch' to counteract what it feels are
controversial practices by the New York Police Department. The signature feature of the 'Police Tape' app is the instant uploading of
any recorded content automatically to the ACLU server .
Yes, the video is a bit corny but... the concept is excellent. What is better than BOTH sides having a recording. With all of the recent abuses of
Police Officers across the USA in recent years, Thank God someone is doing something to protect.. you and me.
The one problem I have is the ACLU but.... sometimes one must compromise to achieve the goal-this being PROPER police actions when interacting with
The Days of believing a Law Enforcement Officers based soley on their testimony is coming to a quick close. And, they brought it on themselves. Just
search ATS for police brutality threads and you'll see.
Getting your butt kicked in by police, yea I got an app for that....
I wonder what would have been the official story of the Rodney King case had not the videotape been made and released?
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