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Record Police Encounters with the Help of Siri

Record Police Encounters with the Help of Siri

In the event you experience a police traffic stop, all you need to say into your iPhone is, “Hey Siri, I’m getting pulled over,” in order to record the incident.

Due to the recent reports on the news throughout the country regarding encounters with officers and ordinary citizens, Arizona resident Robert Petersen created a Shortcuts add-on called “Police” to provide motorists with a tool to obtain evidence of the encounter and conduct of law enforcement agencies. Despite the fact that some police departments equip officers with body cameras, releasing the footage can take a long time.

So when it comes down to law enforcement and citizen testimony, having Apple’s virtual assistant help on your corner can be of valuable use. But how does it work?

As soon as you say the command, the program switches your phone functions into Do Not Disturb mode, pauses your music, turns down your screen brightness, and mutes any notifications coming in. Siri then starts recording from your front-facing camera and sends a text message of your current situation and location to a designated contact. Petersen believes drivers need to be solely focused on their interaction with officers.

Once you are finished recording, just press “Keep” and a copy of the video is sent to specified contacts. Keep in mind, this iOS 12 feature is only available to iPhone users.

However, Android users can download “ACLU Blue”--created by the Americans Civil Liberties Union--to record police and share the footage with the public. Another app called “I’m Getting Arrested!” enables users to send a personalized alert message if they placed under arrest--all with one click. Many other similar apps are available, ranging in different features.

While the creator believes 99.9 percent of users will never have to access the shortcut, having such a feature at your disposal can prove substantially beneficial.

If you have been charged with a crime in Kansas or Missouri, contact our Kansas City criminal defense attorneys at Rokusek & Stein Law, LLC to let us protect your rights and future.

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