ACLU Launches Phone App to Record Police Stops: Should Police Recordings Be Required?

thezilch 2012/07/05 18:00:00
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All too often, police officers are accused of acting unlawfully. Either officers are wrongly accused of brutality or they have indeed brutally handled a case and gotten away with it. Well, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wants to have your back.

A new phone app, called "Stop and Frisk Watch," plans to deal with shady cops by recording video and audio of all police encounters when the authority stops you. So, how do you feel about it? Should we equip our law enforcement with recording devices that both hold them more accountable and also help to better protect their rights as officers of the law?

AUTOBLOG.COM reports:Shortly after the New York branch of the American Civil Liberties Union created an app called Stop and Frisk Watch, in response to the law enforcement
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  • Roger47 2012/07/05 18:27:32
    Police like nothing better than to have it come down to a credibility contest between them and someone they have arrested. They know this is a battle they can win almost every time in front of jurors. A few years back, a local police force began videotaping field sobriety tests on DWI arrests. They quit doing so after a few months, because in too many cases what they wrote in their reports was not backed up by the tape.
    There is a simple way to keep police honest, and that is to make them record. If a person is really guilty, it will reinforce the case for the prosecutor.

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  • boltfox20 CUDDLY ... 2012/07/10 21:38:06
    A lot of what?
  • MlssCue =Go Blue= 2012/07/07 22:02:08
    MlssCue =Go Blue=
    A resounding YES!
  • True~Male 2012/07/07 21:47:22
    if the police are doing their joobs then no one should care
  • Marlene... True~Male 2012/07/08 10:10:51
    Marlene Wilkins
    That's just it--they're not.
  • Chi~Cat 2012/07/07 20:50:02
    Ha ha! Try that out here!
  • bob h. 2012/07/07 20:47:38
    bob h.
  • True~Male bob h. 2012/07/08 21:36:38
    I think cameras should be installed in every classrom across the nation to protect the children
  • Marlene Wilkins 2012/07/07 20:38:19
    Marlene Wilkins
    Absolutely!! Given the abuses we've been seeing from Police officers, there must be a check-and-balance element in place. And as the authorities are so quick to say; 'If they've got nothing to hide, they shouldn't be afraid to cooperate.' Indeed they should welcome it as it protects them from wrongful brutality claims.
  • Libertarian NOT Conservative 2012/07/07 18:57:00
    Libertarian NOT Conservative
    While it may seem intrusive, it protects both the public from abuses of power and law enforcement from false accusations. Police agencies have implemented traffic stop recording systems that serves their interests; this seems a logical extension of that.
  • Dan ☮ R... Liberta... 2012/07/08 14:14:30
    Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮
    Under current laws I dont think it would as there is no reasonable expectation of privacy in public. However if this would be used to spy on someone in a private place without a warrant, then we definitely have a problem
  • lee Dan ☮ R... 2012/07/08 19:23:34
    we would... and it would all be on tape.

    evidence made availalbe via a FOIA request of any local PD.
  • Dan ☮ R... lee 2012/07/09 05:50:01
    Dan ☮ R P ☮ 2012 ☮
    FOIA requests dont always work, and tapes under police custody dont have to come out unless they intend on using them to prosecute the accused.

    And of course if you have a chicago like police force, good luck getting anything out of them period.
  • lee Dan ☮ R... 2012/07/09 18:48:48 (edited)
    that's probably why the ACLU put the focus on the user to capture the encounter on their phone rather than mandate police use the equivalent of a dash-cam on their person.

    I'm not that familiar with the history of the dash-cam videos but I have seen several come out over the years that DO NOT make the police look good... so there must be some way for those to come out.... it has happened.
  • ExaltedGod 2012/07/07 16:54:34
    I am down with anything that will prevent law "enforcement" for being law " i only enforce to better myself".
  • tiffylani 2012/07/07 13:39:09
    Yep. The police need to be held just as accountable as everyone else. They are not above the law they enforce.
  • MegaFortunateSon 2012/07/07 11:31:11
    And patrol their own neighborhoods.
  • S.Lewis 2012/07/07 07:41:52
    Hell yes!!!! It's about time!!!
  • John "By God" American 2012/07/07 06:27:04
    John "By God" American
    Hell yes!!!
  • bleep 2012/07/07 05:42:39
    Yes because they harass and scare. More than they serve and protect. They are there to harass the poor. It just seams to me that most crimes are made cause one does not have enough money or greed.
  • Brosia - KarmaRaven 2012/07/07 03:50:51
    Brosia - KarmaRaven
    It protects everyone.
  • Wulfdane 2012/07/07 01:36:51 (edited)
    Police brutality is far too common and police are not being held accountable as they should be. Too much corruption and not enough oversight.

    In some municipalities the police are just as violent and as dangerous as the criminals. Police have already been caught tampering with cruiser equipped videos, this is not enough.

    If the Police cannot police themselves , it is up to citizens to protect their rights and the rights of others.

    Like the military and federal law enforcement agencies, Police Unions should illegal and abolished.
  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/07/07 00:14:46
    Christopher Kirchen
    Sometimes secrecy is required for an operation's success, and who knows, someone using that app. could be the criminal's partner, coordinating an escape.
  • Airhead Christo... 2012/07/07 01:45:54
    and how exactly would that work?
  • chgo Airhead 2012/07/07 17:34:39
  • Digman14 Christo... 2012/07/09 16:38:20
  • themadhare ~IJM 2012/07/06 20:55:35
    themadhare ~IJM
    When you go to a 7-11 and buy a slurpee, you're recorded. We should all be able to record our public employees.
  • DDogbreath 2012/07/06 20:05:18
    Question: Should we equip our law enforcement with recording devices that both hold them more accountable and also help to better protect their rights as officers of the law?

    Answer:They already are.

    However the proof of police misconduct almost always is never saved.
  • Skeptikat 2012/07/06 19:45:16
  • Judge Peter Hill 2012/07/06 19:08:13
    Judge Peter Hill
    Absolutely! A few years back, a police officer pulled me over while I was wearing my seat belt, claimed I wasn't wearing the belt, and used that as an excuse to search my car. He then gave me a warning for not wearing the belt. I gave him permission to search because I knew from experience that had I refused, he would have written a ticket and it would have been my word against his in Court, and sad but true that more often than not, Judges believe the Officer over the motorist. This was when I was living in Florida and this happened in Louisiana so I would have had to take time off from work and driven back to Louisiana to fight the ticket, so it was easier to let him search and think he had won. I bought a video camera and installed it on the front passenger seat of my car and from that day forward, had it running whenever I was on a long trip. I never again got stopped with the camera in sight-why not?
  • MlssCue... Judge P... 2012/07/07 22:19:08
    MlssCue =Go Blue=
    And they get so many people with that "you weren't wearing a seat belt" ticket when they were!
  • S123 2012/07/06 17:25:50
    It would also help show if a person was guilty or wrongfully accused.
  • Delicious Crab Meat 2012/07/06 16:56:42
    Delicious Crab Meat
    If they are not abusing their power then they should not fear being recorded while on duty.
  • Calm down! 2012/07/06 16:40:14
    Calm down!
    Allthough mos't police are good Men and Women, there are a few nutbags out there with a badge that need to be held acountable like the rest of us are 24/7.
  • lee Calm down! 2012/07/08 19:24:43
    it helps the good ones too... get more convictions.
  • ConLibFraud 2012/07/06 16:29:44
    Because there are too many oath breakers parading as peace officers.
  • PetrifiedElephantPoop 2012/07/06 15:53:33
    So the ACLU launching an app...is different then you just pushing record on your phone. What a lame way to try and attack the ACLU.
  • DizziNY 2012/07/06 15:34:10 (edited)

    This is the most disturbing one imo:

  • DPRKworker DizziNY 2012/07/08 15:39:54
    The one with the dog is absolutely disgusting. It's too bad this crowd wasn't there to deal with them:

  • DizziNY DPRKworker 2012/07/08 20:45:37 (edited)
  • WRLO56 DPRKworker 2012/07/10 02:53:40
    So after watching this video, you still wonder why cops sometimes over-react?

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