April 27, 2015

ST. LOUIS - Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri released the iPhone version of a smart phone app called the ACLU of Missouri Mobile Justice app — an empowerment tool for those who feel their civil rights are being violated by law enforcement officers.

The iPhone app, which can be downloaded for free through the ACLU of Missouri website, mirrors the Mobile Justice Android app released in November. They have three main functions and Know Your Rights information. Record allows citizens to capture exchanges between police officers and themselves or other community members in audio and video files that are automatically sent to the ACLU of Missouri. Witness sends out an alert when someone is stopped by police so that community members can move toward the location and document the interaction. Report gives the app user the option to complete an incident report and send it directly to the ACLU of Missouri for review. Know Your Rights provides an overview of what rights protect you when you are stopped by law enforcement officers.

The Mobile Justice Android app, released last November, has been downloaded approximately 2,500 times. “We’re expecting that number to double quickly because we had a lot of people asking when the iPhone version would be ready,” said Sarah Rossi, ACLU of Missouri director of advocacy and policy.

“Mobile Justice can be an effective and empowering tool for Missourians who want to exercise their right to record the police,” Rossi adds. “It also offers a handy ‘Know Your Rights’ section with a link to our website.” The affiliate has received 571 videos and 118 reports, but nothing that requires immediate action from the ACLU of Missouri.

A grant from the National ACLU funded the development of the Mobile Justice app by Quadrant 2 – the same developer that created the Stop and Frisk Watch app for the New York Civil Liberties Union to address racial profiling. Quadrant 2 also released Mobile Justice apps for ACLU affiliates in Mississippi, Oregon and Nebraska and is working with other ACLU affiliates across the country to do the same. The ACLU of Missouri is the first to issue the iOS version of Mobile Justice.

Learn more about the ACLU of Missouri Mobile Justice app and download it through a link on the ACLU of Missouri website.

About the ACLU of Missouri:
The ACLU of Missouri is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that defends and expands the constitutional rights and civil liberties of all Missourians guaranteed under the United States and Missouri Constitutions, through its litigation, legislative and public education programs. It is an affiliate of the national ACLU.

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