NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There’s an app for that.
If you are involved in a stop and frisk conducted by a member of the NYPD, you can now easily record and report it.
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Yul-San Liem of the Justice Committee said that the free Stop And Frisk Watch Android app will empower New Yorkers to monitor police activity.
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“We are not trying to interfere, but if the cops know that you are watching, they’re going to think twice about what they’re doing,” Liem told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.
The videos go directly to the New York Civil Liberties Union.
“Help us to put the human face and help the public to understand the human face and the human toll and the indignities that are caused by this police abuse,” said NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman.
But she added, “This is is not about getting involved in any conflict with the police. This is not about interfering. This is about doing your part as a citizen, as a bystander, to document what’s going on, to shine light on what’s going on, and not to get in the way.”
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly had no comment on the app, but his spokesman told the New York Post he is surprised the NYCLU would create a database of police stops and arrests without privacy guarantees.
On Tuesday, gay rights groups spoke out in support of a silent march being held later this month in protest of the NYPD’s stop and frisk policy.
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