How Apps On Your Phone Could Help Protect You During A Police Encounter

By automatically enabling video and allowing you to send info via social media, apps and phone features aim to give citizens new options.

By Kristen CabreraJune 25, 2020 10:59 am,

Black Americans have long faced the threat of police brutality. But nowadays, that threat is more visible because so many instances of brutality have been captured on cell phone video. 

Now, some app developers are trying to make it easier for individuals to capture what’s happening during an encounter with law enforcement. Tech expert Omar Gallaga told Texas Standard host David Brown on Thursday that Apple’s Siri voice assistant will soon be able to activate video recording on an iPhone if you tell Siri that you’re being stopped by police. Gallaga said other apps are aiming to do the same thing.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– How a Dallas-based team is crowdfunding development of a police-filming app

– What an ACLU app does for those who feel threatened by police

– How someone who wants to safely and ethically film police can do so

Web story by Shelly Brisbin.

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