Police misconduct has been witnessed by numerous people, even more so by Black and Latinos. Well now in New York City you can report it with the Stop and Frisk Watch mobile app.
The Stop and Frisk Watch app allows New Yorkers to monitor police activity and report NYPD officers who conduct unlawful stop-and-frisk encounters and other police misconduct.
The app isn’t designed specifically for minorities, but according to Colorlines.com, a New York City Liberties Union analysis showed that Black and Latino males between the ages of 14 and 24 accounted for 41.6 percent of stops in 2011. The number of stops of young Black men exceeded the city’s entire population of its demographic.
The app includes a ‘Know Your Rights’ section that instructs people about their rights when confronted by police and their right to film police activity in public.
Although the app does feature a section to inform people of their rights, Stop and Frisk Watch is intended to be used by people witnessing a police encounter, not by persons involved.
The app allows by standers to fully document police brutality and alert community members when a street stop is in progress. Users can record the incident and then fill out a detailed report explaining the situation. The recording will then be sent directly to the NYPD and supposedly hold the department accountable for its actions.
Stop and Frisk Watch app is available on Android phones with an iPhone version set to release this Summer.
See how it works here:
Do you think this is an effective mobile app to cut down on police misconduct?
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