The ACLU of California is the latest group to offer a new smart phone app that preserves video recordings of police misconduct by automatically uploading the footage to servers owned by the civil liberties organization. Even if the phone is destroyed, the video will survive, reports the Atlantic. The app, released by the ACLU and the Oakland-based Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, is similar to software used by Missouri's ACLU chapter during protests in Ferguson, Mo., last year and to an app focused on stop-and-frisk encounters in New York that has been out since 2012.
The new app, called Mobile Justice CA, also includes a “witness” button, through which a user can notify other app users within a three-mile radius that they are observing a police interaction. It allows users to file written reports with a local ACLU office and includes versions of the ACLU's “Know Your Rights” guides for photographers, protesters and citizens. Mobile Justice CA has been downloaded almost 40,000 times since it was released late last week.