It’s been said that the camera is the new gun. Well, a smartphone without a streaming app is akin to a firearm without ammo.
Download a streaming app today to protect yourself and others.
Broadcast low-latency live video and audio
to the web using 3G or WiFi! View incoming
chat messages, broadcast in public or in
private, geotag your broadcasts and share
to many social networks.
Record your phone calls. Keep in mind that
if you’re in a location that’s not considered a
one-party consent state you’ll want to inform
the caller of the recording.
Cell 411 (recommended)
With near-real-time alerts, support for
gravatar images, fast GPS updates and
instant access to issue alerts, Cell 411
is ideal for anyone in need.
For the most part, police powers have
been federally defined; but there are
legal and procedural quirks that vary
from state to state, and FastCase is an
excellent resource for both state and
federal case law. FastCase goes way
beyond the scope of a traffic stop or
warrantless search—it lays out precedent
for landmark decisions in almost every
imaginable category—but that’s where
the searchable database become helpful.
Cost: 24-hr trial, then subscription fees
Use Fi-Vo Film to instantly and securely
record police misconduct any time you
witness it. As you record, your video
instantly saves to your phone and
uploads to your free
GotYa! takes a silent snapshot through the
front facing camera of the criminal who is
attempting to use your device, whenever
the screen lock is entered incorrectly.
After taking the picture, it acquires the
location of your device and forms a Google
maps link, and then send it with the time
stamped picture to your email or Facebook!
I’m Getting Arrested
Alert your lawyer, loved ones, etc … that
you are being arrested with a click. I’m
Getting Arrested enables anyone, with
one click, to broadcast a custom
message to SMS numbers in the event
they are arrested.
Watch live events from livestream.com.
Right on your mobile device.
Oh Crap App
Oh Crap App is a revolutionary new smart phone application which educates users of their legal rights based upon the state they are located (GPS based); assists them in invoking their rights; documents and preserves evidence of their interaction with law enforcement; and also connects the user with a qualified attorney in their geographic area when needed.
OpenWatch recorder can secretly record audio and video, and upload it to the OpenWatch server along with geolocation data.
After you’ve memorized the Bill of Rights, it’s time to move up to Supreme Court precedent, where the nitty-gritty of police powers are found. Most of you have probably seen this video of a legal student defending his Second Amendment rights in Portland, ME; you’ll notice that his ammunition is Supreme Court precedent, not just the text of the Bill of Rights. PocketJustice offers searchable transcripts of over 100 Supreme Court cases, as well as some audio of the oral arguments (good for brushing up in the car or on the metro). Most of the landmark police-powers cases are covered here, but it’s not so dense as to be overwhelming. If you want to go deeper, you can download the Pro version, which has transcripts for over 600 cases, and 300+ additional hours of Supreme Court audio. For people who want a basic understanding of their rights without a law degree, this is a great tool.
Cost: free through Oct., $4.99 for Pro
Police Scanner 5-0
Police Scanner 5-0 brings you more than 2,500 police, fire, rescue and other radio feeds over 3G or WiFi. You can search for channels in the U.S. and other countries by country, state or province and county. Find channels close to your location based on GPS or 3G/WiFi triangulation. This app can be very useful when out Copblocking.
Cost: free version with short ads or $1.99 w/o ads
Citizens can hold police accountable in the palms of their hands with “Police Tape,” a smartphone application from the ACLU of New Jersey that allows people to securely and discreetly record and store interactions with police, as well as provide legal information about citizens’ rights when interacting with the police. Related video: How Does it Work?
Scanner Radio Pro (recommended)
Listen to live audio from over 4,700 police and fire scanners. No ads. Record the radio traffic. Look up 10-codes. Browse nearby, keep your favorites, or access most-active. Bluetooth enabled.
Secret Camera Recorder
Secret Video Recorder is the ONLY hidden camera app in the market that does background recording so you can use your phone as normal and NO ONE can tell you are recording video.
Act like you’re on the phone while secretly and automatically snapping pictures or recording video.
An easy way to hold the NYPD accountable for its actions. It has three primary functions: Record: This allows the user to film an incident with audio by simply pushing a trigger on the phone’s frame. Shaking the phone stops the filming. Listen: This function alerts the user when people in their vicinity are being stopped by the police. Report: This prompts the survey, allowing users to report a police interaction they saw or experienced, even if they didn’t film it.
Trapster alerts you to police speed traps and other roadway hazards. Users submit speed traps, enforcement cameras, and road hazards, that then alert all Trapster users in the area. A high-tech version of flashing your headlights to alert drivers of potential road hazards.
Go live and watch live video on your phone or tablet – anytime, anywhere! Broadcast live to any number of viewers using the camera of your device.
You can upload, manage and watch your videos right from your mobile phone or tablet, with great tools to share publicly or privately.
Top-Secret Messenger. Select a time for your messages and media to expire. We are the only company to have publicly said no to an FBI backdoor. Encyrption Makes the World Better.
- CopBlock.org/Cameras [suggested cameras, dash cams, related gear, etc.]
- CopBlock.org/FilmThePolice [tips on interacting with police employees]
Know of other apps that should be included in this list?