The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has announced a new, free smart phone app which is reportedly intended to give users a means of recording encounters with police, and for obtaining advice about their rights when interacting with law enforcement officials.  The app, called “Police Tape”, allows a person to initiate recording without an active screen display, which permits a discrete record of police interactions to be created.  The records can be uploaded to the ACLU-NJ for storage and for purposes of preserving a back-up copy.  

Presently, the app is only available for Android phones, but an iPhone version is reportedly pending. 

“Police Tape” is free and is available on Google Play’s website.

Mark Davis is a member of Stark & Stark’s Lawrenceville, New Jersey office, specializing in Accident & Personal Injury Law. For more information, please contact Mr. Davis.