The American Civil liberties Union of New Jersey has created a smart phone ap. When a policeman asks for your ID and refuses to say why, you just click the ap. The entire event is recorded. If your smart phone has a high definition lens, so much the better.
The ACLU even produced a low-budget YouTube animated video. And get this: it uses bluegrass! From Lefties in New Jersey, no less! Is this cross-cultural reaching out, or what?
The spokesman is named Shalom, the Hebrew word for peace. You know: as in peace officers. I’m for more peace, less intrusion.
“There’s really only three buttons that the user needs to deal with,” Shalom said. “There’s a know your rights button that educates the citizen about their rights when encountering police on the street, in a car, in their home or when they’re going to be placed under arrest, and there’s a button to record audio and a button to record video.”
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Even better, it is hard to erase.
The app lets users record audio and video discretely with a stealth mode that hides the fact that the recording is happening.
Shalom said officers would also have a harder time deleting the recorded incidents.
“Unlike a recording that’s just done in the standard camera or video mode on someone’s telephone, it’s a little more complicated to find these files and delete them. So it can theoretically be done but it would take a far more tech-savvy police officer to do it,” Shalom said.
Users can store the recording on their phones or send a copy to the ACLU-NJ for backup storage and analysis of possible civil liberties violations.
I hope the ACLU branches in every state get on board. I hope Tea Party groups do knock-offs.
Don’t limit this to cops. Every bureaucrat should be eligible.