NYCLU Unveils App to Aid CopWatch Movement

More institutions are moving to support the Lib-initiatid citizen judgewatch/copwatch movement in many countries.Here is a great app for world adaptation.

NY, June 7 2012

In an effort to empower residents against the NYPD’s controversial “Stop-and-Frisk” policies, the New York Civil Liberties Union just released a free Android (GOOG) mobile app called “Stop & Frisk Watch,” enabling citizens to easily document police procedures, the Verge reports.

The app, designed with speed and simplicity in mind, works by automatically sending your geotagged videos directly to the NYCLU. Text fields allow the user to include additional details (like a particular officer’s name or badger number), while the “Listen” function sends alerts when other stop-and-frisk maneuvers have occurred nearby…

…The app cannot make covert recordings, but it shouldn’t have to: The right to record on-duty officers is legally protected.

Controversy over the department’s tactics stem from some troubling statistics relating to the program’s effectiveness in reducing crime and to the individuals it seems to largely target. Last year, out of the 685,724 reported incidents, only around 10% ended with a ticket or arrest, and critics claim the majority of those stopped were reportedly young Latinos and African-Americans…
…In a statement released on their website, the ACLU states that “the videos videos and surveys we collect through Stop and Frisk Watch will go beyond the data to illustrate how this humiliating and abusive tactic corrodes trust …” …An iPhone (AAPL) version of the app is coming this summer.

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