In class today, we talked about the ways in which the discussions around police violence and brutality are different in this day in age as compared to in the past. One thing we touched on was the newfound ease of recording. Whereas in the past it has been hard to record police brutality, now every person on the street with a cellphone can not only be a witness to the violence but can also disseminate record the incident, share it, and allow thousands of people to be witnesses as well. The ACLU has made this even easier for people with a phone app. The app allows users to record something and then immediately send it to the ACLU. This means that even if a phone is seized by the police, the video will already be sent to the ACLU. Below is the link to the ad for the app as well as the website.

Trigger warning: the video contains a great deal of police violence.

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5 responses »

  1. ariatung says:

    This idea of being able to upload videos to a organization like the ACLU is really revolutionary. Rather than just posting a live video to Facebook that can be flagged or to Snapchat that goes away after a certain amount of time, this allows content to be shared to an organization that can actively do something to make change, and that is really amazing

  2. krystalyiranli says:

    This is definitely an effective way of recording and saving documents of police brutality. It protects people’s right and draw the overall attention of the society towards the issue of police brutality.

  3. carlywinant says:

    I think the idea of apps for this purpose is great. Kind of like Aria said, it’s one thing to simply post it on whatever social media platform you use. But it’s a whole other thing to be able to send your recordings directly to a source that could actually do something about it. This reminds me of a great website discussed in another class of mine. It’s called witness.org and it has a lot of great resources to teach people how to document things like this and it talks about another app similar to the one your discussing called Camera V.

    https://library.witness.org/product-tag/video-production/

  4. This is really cool! Especially now that Vine is being shut down (Vine was very useful during Ferguson protests, allowing people like DeRay Mckesson to share what was happening https://vine.co/u/906559625636225024 ). Platforms like Vine, Snapchat, and Instagram are obviously not specifically designed for this type of work so having something like this helps to create a space with one specific purpose, removing the risks of losing content due to the larger vision of the companies.

  5. ddmaoz says:

    Echoing what was already said, I think this app is extremely important. Live streaming and wide spread video has enabled a larger and larger audience to become witness to horrible (yet not isolated nor random) instances of police brutality. This app is also very important since, beyond witnessing, it is important the people filming on the front lines get the protection they need, and that the victims of these attacks can rest assured that these videos won’t be erased\tampered with.

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