A New York City Police Department officer was caught on video expressing his opinion about a new mobile phone app that lets people document abuse of the city’s “stop and frisk” policy.
In video uploaded by the New York Civil Liberties Union on Thursday, an unnamed officer is seen flashing his middle finger at someone as they film him with the “Stop and Frisk Watch” app. According to the Daily News, the video was recorded on June 21 of last year after the app first launched.
The New York Civil Liberties Union made the video public for the first time on Thursday to mark the release of a iPhone version of the tool.
“Stop and Frisk Watch empowers New Yorkers to confront abusive, discriminatory policing,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said in a statement. “The NYPD’s own data shows that the overwhelming majority of people subjected to stop-and-frisk are black or Latino, and innocent of any wrongdoing. Our smart phone app allows individuals and community groups to document in real time how each unjustified stop further corrodes trust between communities and law enforcement.”
According to NYCLU, about 87 percent of the people stopped in 2011 were black or Latino. And nine out of ten of those stopped were innocent.
“While we’ve yet to see a ‘Rodney King’ moment, Stop and Frisk Watch submissions have confirmed a number of concerns the NYCLU has about stop-and-frisk abuse and has provided New Yorkers with a powerful tool to document police abuse,” Lieberman explained. “We’re proud that the app is used every day in New York City and that the attention it has received has encouraged people to document and expose police activity with their smart phones.”
The NYCLU’s “Stop and Frisk Watch” app can be downloaded here for Android devices and Apple’s iPhone.
Watch this video from the NYCLU, uploaded Feb. 7, 2013.