Record And Report Interactions With Police Using The ACLU App -- Here s How
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A man records Sheriff deputies with his phone as demonstrators protest the murder of George Floyd on June 1 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Smartphone footage has become a tool for citizen journalists to record interactions with police, be it for themselves or filming as a bystander. [/news/how-video-of-mlk-rodney-king-and-george-floyd-changed-our-view-of-police/ Phone videos filmed by activists and shared on social media and news sites] have made a huge difference in the public perception of police brutality and provide new evidence for cases that might otherwise be left unexamined. Video footage of [ George Floyd], an unarmed Black man who died during an arrest as a police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes despite his cries that he couldn't breathe, sparked [ ] and around the world this month.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, when you're lawfully present in a public space, you can take pictures or video of anything in plain sight. Without a warrant, [ police officers cannot ask to see, delete or confiscate your photos or videos].
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Protesters have opted to use the livestreaming features on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to better protect footage. If you have an iPhone, you can [ ] to start recording and share your location during a police interaction. Another option is the ACLU Mobile Justice app.
What is the ACLU Mobile Justice app?
The ACLU released its [ free Mobile Justice app] in 2015, providing an easy way to record and upload interactions with the police. It's available on iOS and wiki.dulovic.tech Android.
The app has three main features -- Record, Report and Witness. Videos of police encounters and reports are automatically uploaded to your local ACLU affiliate. Depending on the state, the app might have slight variations. For example, the Mobile Justice New Mexico app also applies to Border Patrol encounters.
The app also has a Know Your Rights section that has information on law enforcement encounters, student's rights, health and reproductive rights and free speech. The Broadcast My Location feature allows you to find other app users who may be in need of a witness, as well as ways to manually fill out incident reports to submit.