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    Recording police encounters? There's an app for that.

    Are you an Android user that wants to make sure you have a record of any police encounter you may have? Well, you're in luck.

    A new app called OpenWatch allows users to record audio and video of police interactions and then upload them anonymously to the web.
    http://www.yaliberty.org/posts/recor...n-app-for-that

    The goal of the project is to make sure that our users are protected against abuse and lies by police, the TSA and other authority figures by capturing the events as they happen and then sharing them so that the whole world can see.

    Whenever you interact with the police, press the record button on your phone to secretly record the conversation and protect your constitutional rights! The uploading is anonymous, and before the uploading is posted to the website your identity is completely removed.

    All of the software on the phone and the website is completely Free and Open Source, which means that you can look at the code of the application, change it however you want, and give it away for free!
    Currently for Android only. For iPhone, I would perhaps use U-Stream broadcaster but there's no anonymity this way.

    Very cool, IMO. It would be even cooler if our WEBCAM recording apps (RRCAM, HDCam, Minicam) could upload a ~1 min-5min sample recording too (at the press of a button), using part of this code?

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    Might want to put up a disclaimer that in some states, it is illegal to record police encounters, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Maryland in particular.

    http://truth11.com/2010/06/09/in-at-...-a-public-str/
    Last edited by whats77inaname; 02-24-2011 at 05:16 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whats77inaname View Post
    Might want to put up a disclaimer that in some states, it is illegal to record police encounters, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Maryland in particular.

    http://truth11.com/2010/06/09/in-at-...-a-public-str/
    i was going to post exactly that.. i think it is a bogus law, but any attempts to get rid of it fail...

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    ^^^ thanks guys, I should have posted the disclaimer too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soundman98 View Post
    i was going to post exactly that.. i think it is a bogus law, but any attempts to get rid of it fail...
    I agree....glad I live in Tx....

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    I wonder whether those laws would stand up in court when truly challenged though... (But IANAL)

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    I was thinking the same thing. I bet if you did, the judge would accept the video because how can you dispute something like that? but hell were talking about or court system LOL (ya OK)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfxwave View Post
    I was thinking the same thing. I bet if you did, the judge would accept the video because how can you dispute something like that? but hell were talking about or court system LOL (ya OK)
    from that link I posted above:

    In 2001, when Michael Hyde was arrested for criminally violating the state’s electronic surveillance law – aka recording a police encounter – the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld his conviction 4-2.
    I would think that something like this would have to make it to the Supreme Court to set precedence. Given this day and age, society has no reasonable expectation of privacy in public (totally oxymoronic statement, I know), and neither should law enforcement.

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    there was also a couple people in chicago that tried to do the same thing.. i guess laws like this mean that there is so much corruption in chicago, politicians are afraid of what the public would really find out..

    and a most recent one:
    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2...-activity-aclu

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    It just isn't fathomable that with all the corruption out there, these state govts aren't allowing the people to protect themselves.

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