Secretly record police encounters? There's an ACLU app for that.

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Officially the "ACLU-NJ Police Tape App," it records audio and video, hides itself, and can send a copy to the ACLU for review.

Modeled after the New York ACLU's "Stop-and-Frisk Watch" app released last month, the New Jersey version is available for Android now and iPhone soon (CBS New York). Using stealth mode, the app hides the record icon and stores the recorded file in an unusual place on the phone, making on-the-spot deletion by police unlikely. A copy of the file is can be sent to ACLU servers.

The app (see the odd explanatory video below) includes only three buttons: Record Audio, Record Video, and "Know Your Rights." Information about citizen rights during arrest and questioning are shown by the third button. Police spokespeople warn that grabbing a dark object out of your pocket could lead to misunderstandings.


Definitly a useful tool. From all the stories in this country of poice abuse of power told and untold, this will help.

Five-Tools on

Get a bumper sticker which says "I record police stops." The police officer comes up you say "Hello officer. I trust you have seen my bumper sticker. What seems to be the problem?"

einhverfr on

Police should be required to record all audio/video when making any kind of stop. It's an official action. Instant dismissal if such recording is purposely incomplete, tampered with or "lost".

ck2 on


I can have no objection to the People being aware of how I comport myself in the performance of my duty...

Daniel Martin Gray on

Some cops might be dumb but the fact the camera will be pointed towards them will give them a major clue they are being filmed.


Minneapolis claims that in the majority of cases, video of police encounters exonerates officers and eliminates frivolous claims.

tptacek on


The rules that allow police to record you in public allow you, whether the police like it or not, to do the same.

Todd on

In some parts of the UK you can be up on terrorism charges if you try to film the police.

kerry livermore on

Maryland is a two-party consent state, but even at that the United States Department of Justice is urging Maryland police agencies to make clear that recording citizen interactions with police is a civil right under federal law that can't be curtailed by state law.

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