'Mobile Justice' app records police encounters for ACLU

If you ever have to go to court, a video is your best evidence.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan hopes their new "Mobile Justice" phone app will help reduce police brutality.

"Mobile Justice Michigan"  lets you videotape alleged police brutality and send it straight to the ACLU - which might bring a lawsuit on your behalf. 

It is pretty easy to install. But why do we need an app like this?

"Men, women and children in the United States here in Detroit and in the state of Michigan have experienced abuse at the hands of law enforcement," said Darrell Dawsey, ACLU of Michigan. "And they have not had the means to record this and give a documented account."

The ACLU of Michigan decided to jump on the national band wagon in light of the Floyd Dent incident in Inkster, caught on police dash cam.  

"You didn't need our app for Floyd Dent fortunately," Dawsey said. "We've seen incidents where officers have turned off the dash cam, they've turned off the body cam."

Besides recording video, the app will allow you to witness when other people are recording incidents of police involvement.  

But what do police think?

"Why not," said Mark Diaz, president of the Detroit police officers union. "We have nothing to hide in the city of Detroit. We are not abusing our citizens. We are actually out here protecting them."

Whether the ACLU can bring a lawsuit for police brutality based off this app remains to be seen. 

The App can be downloaded for Apple and Android versions and you can translate it into Spanish and Arabic as well.
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