“Stop & Frisk” in NY? There’s an app for that

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


About drugsandotherthings

I am a criminal. Because I have used cannabis and psychedelics extensively. I have tried many other drugs, but never cared for the uppers, downers, or dissociatives. I love craft beer, and absinthe, but don't care much for alcohols effects- which quite frankly, are boring and dangerous. Science is my religion. I am in my 40's, and have travelled extensively. And often forced myself outside of my confort zone. I am employed, a respected member of my communtiy, an animal lover, an environmentalist, a political junkie, and the realities I have experienced continue to push me further to the left of the political spectrum.
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