Video: ACLU Launches Smartphone App to Secretly Record Police Stops

| by Michael Allen

In New Jersey, the American Civil Liberties Union has released an app called 'Police Tape' that allows people to secretly record police stops on their smartphones (video below).

ACLU spokesman Alexander Shalom told CBS New York: “There’s really only three buttons that the user needs to deal with, There’s a know your rights button that educates the citizen about their rights when encountering police on the street, in a car, in their home or when they’re going to be placed under arrest, and there’s a button to record audio and a button to record video.”

“Unlike a recording that’s just done in the standard camera or video mode on someone’s telephone, it’s a little more complicated to find these files and delete them. So it can theoretically be done but it would take a far more tech-savvy police officer to do it."

People can store the recording on their phones or send a copy to the ACLU-NJ for backup storage and analysis of possible civil liberties violations.

The app is currently only available for smartphone users, but a version for iPhones is being developed.