Spy Car Protects Against Unscrupulous Cops

Published On July 25, 2012 | By Pete Eyre | Articles, Videos

Meet Rick Rynearson and his badass Mitsubishi Eclipse.

After a couple of negative interactions with what he calls “unscrupulous cops”, Rick took the initiative to outfit his ride with some cutting-edge technology.

And he founded Veterans Against Police Abuse to encourage others to do the same – use technology to create a transparent record of interactions. That, he says, is the surest way to bring-about a safer society.

To learn more about the technology in Rick’s ride, check out this page on his site, which includes links to many of the devices housed in his car.

Rick also notes his excitement about an app he’s involved with developing called iCitizen, which

will 1) secure vital evidence and 2) activate a community network to help ensure law enforcement interaction with an individual is lawful, and to help provide accountability if it is not, and 3) collect and present analytical data on the nature of law enforcement interaction.

It was awesome to have crossed-paths with Rick at the Police Accountability Summit in Austin and to learn of his proactivity. I’m really glad too that he took the time to give CopBlock.org an overview of his set-up as it’ll undoubtedly encourage some to take steps to better-protect themselves against those unscrupulous road pirates.

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About The Author

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, Eyre seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. He later hit the road as co-founder of the Motorhome Diaries and Liberty On Tour and now calls Keene, in the 'shire his homebase.
  • Packabowlla

    It’s a sad day we need to do this too protect ourself for the cops who claim too bo on the job for us.

  • Marine andy

    Wow, just awesome great job!

  • Dan

    How much would it cost to install all of this stuff?

  • Shawn

    The scary thing is that most of this stuff isn’t paranoia. I think the bulletproof glass is a bit much, and the smoke screen and electrified door handles possibly illegal.

    Still, with incidents of cops “forgetting” to turned on their camera, or “accidentally” loosing evidence against them.

    Or cops like officer harless in canton ohio, who early in his career took a suspect out of view of the camera and beat him. I’m surprised he didn’t disappear the videos of his last incident. But canton is so dirty he probably thought he could do anything.

    Cameras and cloud storage sound like paranoia, until you remember a bad cop can not only cost you money. He can steal your freedom, money, right to own a gun, or event to vote. How much is all that’s worth?
    A few years ago, a cop pulled me over for 17 over the 50mph limit, event though I knew I was within the limit. What the truth was is that’s it was thanksgiving night and he singled me out as trying to avoid his attention. Well, I was. But not for dui. Fortunately, all he really wanted was to look me in the eye and see if I was spending the night at his place. No ticket, just a lie to justify pulling me over. But what if he’d been more corrupt? 17 over is enough to suspend a person’s license.

    Someone can make a lot if they could off such a service as secured cloud service to transmit and store such video and audio evidence. And it would pay for itself in the first lawsuit.

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  • zunialagos

    Wonderful idea Rick

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  • VAStateTrooperVictim

    If I had that in my car in an event about fifteen years ago, I could have put VA State Trooper DeLoach in prison for a a long long time.

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