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New Jersey ACLU Offers Police Recorder App

by Shane McGlaun

It’s not uncommon for the ACLU to defend people against the police in court when the ACLU feels the police have stepped over the line. There’ve been a few instances around the country where police arrested citizens who were recording them on mobile phones or video cameras. Despite the fact that Americans have a constitutional right to record the police, many people who have done this have ended up in jail and at times in a courtroom.

The New Jersey ACLU has offered up a new app called the Police Tape App that is designed to secretly allow people to record the police during traffic stops or other law enforcement confrontations. The app on the Android smartphones can record audio and video and minimizes itself while leaving the screen blank to make the phone look like it’s not on. An iPhone version of the app will be coming in a few months that will offer audio only.

The app is also designed to make deleting video and audio content a multistep process to prevent the content from being deleted by officers or the user without effort. The ACLU says the app is an essential tool for police accountability. Check out the video above for more details about the app.

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Comments (4):

  1. Bob says:

    “Despite the fact that Americans have a constitutional right to record the police”
    You can make many arguments, but constitutional is not one. In fact in many states, both parties have to be knowledgeable to make any recording, so doing this may be illegal in your state if you don’t say something up front.

  2. Chris says:

    Sorry Bob……but you are wrong. The Department Of Justice recently stated that it is a constitutional right protected by the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments in a letter to the Baltimore City Police Department.

    Here is something you might want to look at.

    • Bob says:

      Sorry Chris… but you are wrong. That was a ruling in the first circuit and already being challenged. So for now it is a right in the first circuit area only. For the rest of us it is still illegal. Local courts may look to the first circuit as a precedence, but since a lot of their rulings are over ruled I don’t put much stock in it.

      Check out the structure of the court systems instead of these snippets. It has been an interesting case but is definitely not over. One specific case is basing it on where someone recorded, edited, and then made a set of cops targets based on edited films. This is where the concern comes from.

      So for now it is constitutional in the first circuit only until a ruling from the federal supreme court comes down on the challenges.

  3. Bobisretarded says:

    The precedent is set in regards to that particular states laws, whether its a one party or two party state dumbass. End of story. If you record someone without permission in a two party state your ass is going to jail.

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