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Innocent people are routinely stopped, searched, harassed, bullied into compliance, and humiliated every year in Mississippi. It's not a crime to walk down the street, to peacefully protest, to march, to rally, or to simply gather with a group of peers on a sidewalk, yet every day innocent black and brown Mississippians are turned into suspects for doing just that.
The Mobile Justice Mississippi smartphone app was created to empower individuals to hold Mississippi law enforcement agencies accountable for their actions. It has four main features:
Record- allows citizens to capture exchanges between police officers and themselves or other community members in audio and video files that are automatically emailed to the ACLU of Mississippi.
Witness- gives citizens the option to alert nearby Mobile Justice App users when they are stopped by police in order to witness and document the interaction.
Report- gives citizens the option to provide a more-detailed account of their interactions with police in an incident report, which will be transmitted directly to the ACLU of Mississippi.
Know Your Rights- provides an overview of what rights protect Mississippians when they are stopped by law enforcement officers.
If you see something, record something using ACLU Mobile Justice Mississippi app to document the police interactions you see.
When interacting with law enforcement, exercise caution when attempting to use the app to document your exchange. Your safety depends on your ability to clearly communicate your actions and to remain calm.
- Announce that you are reaching for your phone.
- Announce that you are attempting to access the app to record the exchange.
- If the officer forbids or prevents you from doing so, do not argue or resist. Follow the officers instructions. If your rights have been violated, your attorney will argue your case later.
- If the officer attempts to touch your screen in an effort to destroy the evidence you've captured, don't worry. The app can be password protected if you have that feature enable for the app and on your phone and will immediately forward what you captured at the point at which the proper password is not provided.
More about the Mobile Justice Mississippi App:
The ACLU Mobile Justice Mississippi app was created as an empowerment tool for those who feel their civil rights are being violated by law enforcement officers. The app is modeled after the NYCLU Stop and Frisk Watch app and developed by Quadrant 2.
The NYCLU’s app had been downloaded over 40,000 times. Since its release in 2012, the NYPD’s use of street stops has declined by more than half. The app and accompanying PR campaign played a major role in changing the conversation about Stop and Frisk in New York.