July 06, 2012, 11:24 AM —
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 newyork.cbslocal.com
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 news.ycombinator.com
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 news.ycombinator.com
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.
TDXI on dailymail.co.uk
In some parts of the UK you can be up on terrorism charges if you try to film the police.
kerry livermore on dailymail.co.uk
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.
tokenadult on news.ycombinator.com