ACLU video app for recording police comes to Colorado on heels of Colorado Springs cases

From The Associated Press (via The Gazette): The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado is bringing a smartphone app to the state that has been used by tens of thousands of people elsewhere to safeguard videos they record of law enforcement officers at work.

Mobile Justice will be available to Coloradoans by early July, allowing them to record video that automatically uploads to the ACLU, preventing officers from deleting or destroying it, ACLU Colorado spokesman John Krieger said Tuesday.

The Colorado ACLU has taken on the cases of two black brothers who were pulled over in Colorado Springs in March while driving in their neighborhood. Ryan Brown recorded a video of Benjamin Brown, who was driving, being patted down while in handcuffs. Ryan Brown kept recording when two officers pulled him from passenger seat. Ryan Brown told The Gazette that one of the officers then took his cellphone, stopped the recording and threw the phone in the snow.

Ryan Brown was ticketed for resisting and interference with a public official. Benjamin Brown was ticketed for compulsory insurance and obstruction of view — a charge his brother believes is related to a cracked windshield.

Since the first such app was launched by the New York chapter of the civil liberties group in 2013, a dozen state chapters have followed suit, Krieger said, adding Colorado will be among 10 states launching apps in the next two months.

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