NYCLU Launches Stop and Frisk App to Empower Civilians Harassed by Police

Today, the NYCLU launched a smartphone app to be used by people being subjected to the NYPD's deeply divisive Stop and Frisk policies. In the organization's own words it's an "innovative smart phone application that will empower New Yorkers to monitor police activity and hold the NYPD accountable for unlawful stop-and-frisk encounters and other police misconduct."

A video about how the app--available in Spanish and English for Android, coming soon for Ophones--works is below.

Gothamist gave it a dry run and was impressed:

Developed by Jason Van Anden, the man behind last year's protester-friendly I'm Getting Arrested app, Stop & Frisk Watch is equally as simple to use. There are three main features: Record, Listen, and Report. Record allows the user to take video of the incident that is immediately sent to the NYCLU. Listen broadcasts the phone's location to other users and prompts a text alert when people in their vicinity are being stopped by the police, and Report allows the user to describe the encounter they witnessed. We were able to use every function besides Listen (there are no other users at the moment), and all worked smoothly.

The fact that Stop and Frisk targets young men of color beyond disproportionately has come under increasing scrutiny thanks to the NYCLU and liberal politicians, including the next crop of mayoral candidate, taking it on.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at June 6, 2012, 6:12am

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