If you are an iPhone user, a new add-on to the “Shortcuts”
app—only available for iOS12—allows Siri to secretly record
police traffic stops with a simple command. Known as “Police”,
the feature was created by Robert Petersen of Arizona to give motorists
an extra layer of security when interacting with law enforcement.
Petersen said that the wave of news reports involving police officers and
ordinary citizens like us often come down to their words against ours.
Although many police departments enforce the use of body cameras, the
process of recovering the footage can take weeks or months. In order to
obtain instantly-available evidence, Police enables Siri to become your
second set of eyes if you are pulled over by police.
All you need to say is, “Hey Siri, I’m getting pulled over”
to allow Apple’s virtual assistant to set off a series of motions.
In order to reduce distractions so drivers can focus entirely on the situation
at hand, Siri turns on Do Not Disturb mode, mutes any notifications being
sent to your phone, lowers the music volume, and dims the screen.
Then, the front camera records the interaction, while a text message, detailing
what’s happening and your current location, is sent to an emergency
contact. Once the incident is over your phone’s functions will return
to normal. Just press “Keep” to save it to a cloud storage
service or send to designated contacts.
If you are not an iPhone user, there are many other apps available that
can be used to record police interactions. The American Civil Liberties
Union has developed an app called “ACLU Blue” which sends
user footage to a public forum after recording. “Stop and Frisk
Watch” was created by the New York Civil Liberties Union to allow
users to document law enforcement, alert others who are using the app,
and allow users to report incidents they didn’t film.
If you have been arrested in Milwaukee,
contact our skilled legal team at the
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