There is a new Mobile Justice app that allows citizens to record interactions with the police and send the video directly to their local American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) chapter to be reviewed by lawyers.
According to The Guardian, over the last few months, the ACLU has been slowly releasing a Mobile Justice app for Android and iPhones to provide regular citizens institutional and legal backing. With America consumed in a modern day civil rights debacle over the increase in publicized deaths of black men and women at the hands of the police, the need for recording devices is in high demand.
There has been a call for police officers to wear body cameras, but with their ability to easily turn them off and/or “lose” the footage, the need for citizens to feel safe and empowered has risen. Justin Hansford, an African American Law Professor who experienced racial profiling by police as a youth states, “We’re accused of making things up. But we don’t have to make up stories. Now we just have to get the video. That’s enough.”
The cellphone video by Ramsey Orta, recorded the fatal chokehold death of Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD in Staten Island last year, which sparked the #BlackLivesMatter and #ICantBreathe protests around the world. Last month, another cellphone video taken by a pedestrian, captured the fatal shooting of unarmed black man Walter Scott at the hands of South Carolina police officer Michael Slager and subsequently helped charge him on a first degree murder charge.
The ACLU Mobile Justice app connects cell phones directly to citizens’ local ACLU chapter and their staff of attorneys. Users can send the video immediately to the ACLU where it will be thoroughly reviewed and screened for any potential legal action that may need to be taken by the staff. This is a good feature because users don’t have to worry about losing the video if their phones are confiscated or destroyed by police.
According to Jennifer Carnig with the ACLU’s New York chapter, “We
haven’t had a Rodney King incident…. But we have seen many
videos that served to confirm anecdotal evidence of intimidation, disrespectful
words, people being roughed up. All of those types of police interactions
are violent interactions.”
If you or someone you know has been a victim of police brutality, or had your civil rights violated, contact the attorneys’ at The Perecman Firm to help you attain justice and the compensation you rightly deserve.