The ACLU Police Tape App – Will It Help or Hinder Law Enforcement [POLL]
You knew it would only be a matter of time till someone came up with an app that would record your interactions with New Jersey’s finest. An idea that only the ACLU of New Jersey could come up with.
But you have to wonder if police will, if they’re always thinking someone is looking over their shoulder, feel hindered in doing their job.
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey just released an app that allows Android phone users to record and store their interactions with police to “hold police accountable.”
What sets this apart from being just a video camera with a send button is that you can also record in “stealth mode.” The app disappears from the screen once the recording starts, “to prevent any attempt by police to squelch the recording,” according to the ACLU of New Jersey site.
Users can send the recording to the organization through the app for backup storage and analysis of possible civil liberties violations.
When you download Police Tape, it clearly states that it is designed for use in New Jersey, where it is legal to record police.
The terms also warn you that you shouldn’t submit the video if it’s not something you want to have publicly posted — and that you might want to consult a lawyer before submitting anyway, just in case.
The New Jersey ACLU plans to release an audio-only iPhone version in August.
And since I have an iPhone, can’t wait…even though my interactions with the cops are minimal at best.
Conventional wisdom suggests that if one is following proper procedure, there would be nothing for the police officer doing his or her job.
Then again, any time a new technological advancement comes along that monitors the police…they’ll be the first to complain.
Bottom line: Police Tape…not a bad think at all.