A colleague sent me the link to the new ACLU App designed to allow citizens to more easily record police on their cellphones and to make it more difficult for police to delete the recording. It is a bold action in light of the trend of police arresting citizens who videotape them in public and efforts like prosecutors like Anita Alvarez in Cook County to put citizens in jail for such recording.
The new app called “Police Tape” that lets users secretly record police encounters by recording audio and video discretely with a stealth mode. The camera will not show an outward sign of recording. It is also difficult for officers to find and delete the videos — as has occurred in a number of cases. Citizens can also send a copy to the ACLU-NJ for backup storage and analysis of possible civil liberties violations.
I have previously written about the first amendment right to videotape officers. This app helps secure that right and is a creative approach to the ongoing abuse of citizens.