New ACLU Free Smart Phone App Lets You Record And Submit Police Behaving Badly

The ACLU of California has launched Mobile Justice CA, a free smart phone app allowing people with cell phones to automatically record and submit cell phone videos to their ACLU affiliate, when they feel there has been questionable actions by someone in law enforcement, while they are interacting with the public.

Let's say you are recording, on your cell phone, a police officer who has stopped you, or someone else...and let's say that the officer starts acting violently, or threateningly. You can actually, by recording the encounter through the app, transmit it to the ACLU, where it is preserved, even if the officer confiscates your phone. What's more, you can activate a feature that locks the phone screen, once recording stops, so the images are secure, even if the phone is taken from you.

"We call it mobile justice" says the executive director of the ACLU of Southern California, Hector Villagra. The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights has become official partners with the ACLU of Southern California in the launch. "We are living in a moment where abuse of power is being challenged, questioned and no longer ignored" said Patrice Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, adding that even though LAPD and the LA County Sheriff Department have taken steps to improve relations with minority communities, "if someone has a history of abusive behavior, even as they reform, you must still keep your eyes on them".

Assistant Sheriff Michael Rothans, with LASD's Patrol Operations Bureu, issued a statement saying that " if it is the public's intent to videotape an interaction with a deputy, we ask that they do so responsibly." LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told Fox 11 that he "appreciates their support", referring to the ACLU.

The app is free and available on Google for Android, and the App Store for Apple. The link for more information is Mobilejusticeca.org

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