In 2011 New York City police stopped and questioned/patted down/searched, without cause, citizens 685,724 times. This is more then a a 600% increase in street stops since 2002 when Bloomberg first took office. 87% of those stopped are black or latino. 9 out of ten of those stopped are not ticketed or arrested. And of the 10% that are a huge portion are arrested for nothing more then simple marijuana possession. (over 50,000 such arrests each year) Arrests that cost the city $75 million a year.
Well, now the NY chapter of the ACLU has released an app for smartphones: “Stop and Frisk Watch” . The app allows audio/video recording of police interactions. It can alert other users of the app in the immediate area that a “Stop and frisk” is taking place. And it can collect and send the data to the ACLU for analysis.
Video of the app can be seen here