The New York Civil Liberties Union unveiled a smart phone application that enables users to report violations of the New York Police Department's controversial stop-and-frisk policy, the Wall Street Journal reports. By downloading the “Stop and Frisk Watch” app, bystanders can record incidents of cops stopping and questioning people. They can then send the video to the civil liberties group, which will investigate possible misconduct.
NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous said the new app puts “powerful tools of documentation in the hands of people in the city.” The tactic of stopping, questioning, and sometimes frisking suspects has drawn criticism, especially because the vast majority of the 685,000 people stopped last year were black or Latino. City officials credit it with driving crime down to record lows and have outlined a series of changes to improve the policy.