‘Getting Arrested’ App Created For OWS Protesters

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Occupy Wall Street protesters now have a free app to alert others if they’re about to be arrested.

The “I’m Getting Arrested” app was created by Brooklyn software developer Jason Van Anden.

Van Anden told 1010 WINS he came up with the idea for the app while working on another project with a colleague whose girlfriend was arrested during one of the demonstrations.

“Afterwards, he said you know it would be really great if she had an app that she could have quickly communicated what was going on in a situation like that,” Van Anden said.

It is currently available in the Android Market and Van Anden is also working to make it available for iPhone.

Users write a text message in advance and program a list of recipients.

“If you’re a demonstrator who knew there was legal aid available, you might put the number for legal aid in and if you wanted, lets say, your parents or your spouse to know you can enter in those numbers as well,” Van Anden said.

As they’re about to be arrested, users can hit one button and alert everyone on their list.

As of Monday morning, 9,000 had installed it. Van Anden says he doesn’t know if anyone used it because he installed privacy controls.

Meanwhile, OWS rallied outside the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building Tuesday afternoon against Rep. Charles Rangel.

According to their website, OWS is against Rangel for “selling out the 99 percent to Wall Street.”

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Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. visits the "Occupy Wall Street" protests in Zuccotti Park in New York, on Monday, October 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Andrew Burton)

Rangel has visited Zuccotti Park twice since the demonstrations began, but Occupy Wall Street calls him a “phony friend” because they say he voted for trade agreements that encourage outsourcing of U.S. jobs, among other issues.

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  • Over and Under

    What nonsense. Would you rather read something funny?


  • Janet

    I think NYC has been very patient and accommodating with them. Enough already!

  • The Realist

    It seems that O.W.S. executives are collecting “wealth” (i.e. donations) and NOT sharing with the “little people”!! They’re turning into one of those big, bad corporations that they claim to hate.


    • Janet

      When the shoe is on your foot, it’s totally different!

    • Janet

      Shades of Animal Farm, I believe, where the protagonists turn into their antagonists, or the ones they purport to hate.

      • The Realist

        All are equal, but some are more equal than others.

  • Slim pickens

    Just wondering if the app. was available to the NYPD gun runners.

  • Wolf

    OWS: You have expressed your opinions, you have been heard… and seen!! NOW GO HOME

    • Slim Pickens

      Hopefully not before the Wall Street cesspool has been sanitized.

      • saoirse

        do the little komrads rent any port-a-potties yet ? or still defecating on the streets ? we know they can afford to rent them.

      • Janet

        You sound like one of the protestors – exactly what would constitute a victory? How do you know if you’ve won? What do you want to see happen that would “sanitize the Wall Street cesspool.”

        • The Realist

          In order to define a victory, O.W.S. would first have to disclose its list of demands. That, of course, would defeat its business purpose.

        • Bill

          Speaking of protesters and cesspools… I figured with a bunch of dirty ass hippies all over the country, local governments and passersby would want to invest in cleaning products to wash their filth away.

          So a couple days after the protests started I bought 3,500 shares of Procter & Gamble at $61.20/share. When P&G hit $66/share I got out. So I made $16,800 in 1 month.

          Thanks for scaring people into buying cleaning products, OWS scum!!!

  • Janet

    They have the right to express their opinions – now that they have expressed them, time to move on!

  • Rehtes Thcilnrets

    Is the First Amendment rights just for the few? Mayor Bloomberg would not allow my street to be blocked off without a permit specifying a clear expiration time. Where is the permit for Zuccotti Park – and how long is its duration? The public has a right to know!!!! Why should we New Yorkers have to put up with a stinking tent city? What are the authorities afraid off – their political life? Why is a politicians quality of credentials more inportant than MY QUALITY OF LIFE? WHY DO I, AS A NEW YORKER, HAVE TO GIVE UP MY QUALITY OF LIFE INDEFINITELY? AND DOES ANYONE KNOW FOR WHAT REASON I HAVE TO SURRENDER MY QUALITY OF LIFE? I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT NOT EVEN THE TENT CITY IDIOTS KNOW WHAT THEY ARE THERE FOR. Come on NEW YORK CITY – take off your kid’s glove, enforce the law and dismantle the unlawful tent city- just as you so gleefully do with double parking or with parking at an expired meter!!!!!!


    • Big Brother

      We the 99% are fed up with this 1% in our beautiful park. The 99% doesnt like these 1% who defecate in our parks, urinate into our flowers and use illegal drugs in the presence of children.

      Can you end the faux revolution already kids?

  • mick

    where are constitution and rights go? We must take the country back soon, before we are ruled like the old Russia(communists) Viva America -V .By the way the US government is monitoring everything we write down about this matter. Hiell’o to the SaS,C.I.A, FBI locals and any other government spies that are hacking are computers(by the way they are breaking the Law)

    • saoirse

      yeah and for all this they still didn’t have a clue about this rent a mob coming in,
      LMAO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anthony

    This is an example of one of the “top stories” they promote for us to watch in the morning? Isn’t there more important news to talk about that is relevant?

  • arrest them all

    Do people actually have time to text before being arrested.Unless you know you are going to break the law and text before you do it.Arrest all these dirtbags they are just as bad as terroist.

    • Michael H.

      People exercising their First Amendment rights are clearly as bad as a religious fundamentalist killing innocent civilians. It’s the same thing, right?

      • saoirse

        uuuuuuuuh,where ARE YOU going with your comment ? zoocotties have their rights and so does everyone else and zoocottie squats have no right to break the law.

    • The Realist

      You obviously didn’t read the part of the article that says, “Users write a text message IN ADVANCE and program a list of recipients. As they’re about to be arrested, users can hit one button and alert everyone on their list.”

      THAT is how they can text before being arrested.

      • are we there yet

        ohh so they plan on getting arrested and put the city police budget more in debt.I see what they are doing they are trying to bankrupt New York with this useless protest.Thanks Realist for exposing this fraud.

    • Arthur Kinney

      First things first requiring a permit to carry on any kind of demonstration or protest is a blatant violation against the constitutiion. And most of you people replying here would be right at home in a full on communist state. What makes you people think you have the right or authority to strip other people of their rights? If the majority of the 99% had not been lazy sheep and fat selfish cows these last 70 years we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in now, and yet here we are and whats the general consense? Ignore the problem and damn the messenger. At a time when we need to change, from top to bottom inside and out the masses that can force this change is doing all it can not to.

  • Jamal

    They should look into creating a “shower brigade”. These people are animals, I pass them everyday. There are rats, mice and pigeons all over the place and it stinks. They need to stop complaining about the rich being rich, they are camped out in the wrong city. Go complain to Congress and the President for failed economic policies.

    • pete

      There were rats, mice and pigeons there plentiful BEFORE the demonstrators. Somehow you do not get the picture. These people put their life on the line for YOUR WELL BEING. Like it or not, you probably will be one of the first to belly up to the bar when the battles are fought. Obama is a decent and honest man, but the Republicans try to torpedo all his proposed reforms just because he is a black, honest and decent man. The banks and the international cartells stand right behind the Republicans who do not represent the American people anymore. This, in an eggshell, is the meaning for the protest. Be an American, think and deal like an American. See the whole picture, not the unimportant fringes on the side!!

      • PlainGuy

        Are you serious, you are an idiot.! Haul out the race card because people disagree with him. Hey wait Buill Mahar disagrees with Herman Cain…Bill Mahar is a racist… Accept the fact that it is okay to disagree with other and if BO was purple republicans would still disagree with him.

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