Here’s something Siri can’t do, but the New York Civil Liberty Union can.
“Stop & Frisk Watch” is a new innovative phone app created by the NYCLU in an effort to end the NYPD’s controversial “Stop & Frisk” policy, while holding the NYPD accountable for its unlawful actions.
“Stop & Frisk Watch” is an easy and convenient way to report when you are illegally stopped and frisked by the NYPD.
The app works in three stages, Record, Listen and Report, here’s how it works:
The 'Record' function initiates your phone's camera. When you are finished recording, the app prompts a survey that you can fill out with any pertinent information regarding the police interaction you witnessed.
This file, the video, audio and/or report are sent immediately to the New York Civil Liberties Union.
The 'Listen' function turns on your phone's GPS and will alert you if any other 'Stop & Frisk Watch' users have started to film a police interaction in your vicinity.
The 'Report' function prompts the survey even if you didn't film the police interaction. 'Stop & Frisk Watch' also contains 'know your rights' information regarding your rights when you are stopped by police, and your rights to film police.
Stop and Frisk Watch is available in English and Spanish and is available for Android phones and an iPhone version will be released later this summer.
We are proud to promote this innovative new app as it allows bystanders to fully document stop-and-frisk encounters and alert community members when a street stop is in progress.