NYCLU releases Android app for recording cops

Stop-and-Frisk Watch App

RECORD: This allows the user to film an incident with audio by simply pushing a trigger on the phone's frame. Shaking the phone stops the filming. When filming stops, the user immediately receives a brief survey allowing them to provide details about the incident. The video and survey will go to the NYCLU, which will use the information to shed light on the NYPD's stop-and-frisk practices and hold the Department accountable for its actions.

LISTEN: This function alerts the user when people in their vicinity are being stopped by the police. When other app users in the area trigger Stop and Frisk Watch, the user receives a message reporting where the police stop is happening. This feature is especially useful for community groups who monitor police activity.

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4 Responses:

  1. Ian says:

    It'd be amusing if being frisked shook the phone and stopped the recording.

    • Rick C says:

      Yeah, that seems like a pretty obvious deficiency.

      • It’s not clear from this summary why an easy or unobtrusive way of stopping the recording is necessary or desirable at all. Sure, you want a quick trigger to start, but don’t you want to keep rolling until the incident is over, at which point you can manipulate the phone at your leisure? The fact that it gives you a survey to fill out after recording is finished implies that they realize this.

        • Rick C says:

          Hah. Bad ideas abound. Reminds me of my boss, who cancelled his car insurance because they were jacking up his rate drastically. They asked him to take a survey and he told them he was pretty sure they wouldn't like the answers they'd get.