People with the app can record and submit incidents securely to the ACLU .
ABQ FREE PRESS STAFF REPORT
The ACLU of New Mexico is launching an app on Nov. 13 that people can use to record encounters with police and send the video directly to the ACLU.
The app, called Mobile Justice, can be downloaded onto Android and iOS7 devices. It is being released in New Mexico and ten other states. It is already being used in eight states and has been downloaded 250,000 times.
People with the app can record and submit incidents securely to the ACLU New Mexico office and get location alerts from fellow app users witnessing incidents nearby. The app also allows users to access the ACLU’s “Know Your Rights” literature, according to the ACLU.
“Denial is over,” the ACLU said in a statement. “Videos of police encounters are changing perceptions about biased policing and police brutality and sparking reform of police practices.”
Local ACLU spokesman Micah McCoy said the app is designed to prevent a police officer from deleting a video from a confiscated phone. The app sends video as soon as the record button is turned off. Video is examined by ACLU officials based on priority, with videos accompanied by a witness report being reviewed first, he said.
The video app was developed by opponents of New York City’s “stop and frisk” laws.