The New York Civil Liberties Union today is unveiling a new phone application said to help New Yorkers keep tabs on illegal police stops.
The application, developed by consultant Jason Van Anden, allows you to record a stop and frisk in progress, automatically send the video to the civil liberties group, fill out a survey with details on the stop, and, using gps technology, get word on other stops in your neighborhood as they are happening. The information provided is kept confidential, but could be used in future litigation on the stop and frisk issue.
A press event unveiling the application will be held this morning at 11 outside One Police Plaza. The Rev Al Sharpton, Benjamin Todd Jealous of the NAACP, two city council members, and union officials are expected to attend.
In 2011, the police stopped New Yorkers 685,724 times, with just one in ten either arrested or ticketed. Eighty-seven percent were black or Hispanic. Just under half were younger than 24.