Determined to keep tabs on New York City police officers’ “stop-and-frisk” campaign? There’s an app for that.
A new smartphone app created by the New York Civil Liberties Union, “Stop and Frisk Watch,” allows witnesses of the controversial New York City Police Department tactic to video and report incidents.
The NYCLU app has three main functions:
* “Record,” which allows bystanders to video an incident and send the video to the group with a shake of their phones;
* “Listen,” which alerts users when searches are being conducted near them; and
* “Report,” which allows users to send the NYCLU information about searches that were not filmed.
The app is intended for use by people witnessing a police encounter, not by individuals who are the subject of a police stop, the NYCLU said.
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