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There is a new crowdfunding campaign that recently went live for the app Sidekik – an app which will give people a powerful tool in their dealings with the police state.
When the app is activated it will perform two actions:
- First, it will activate the audio and video recording devices on the user’s smartphone and begin streaming the data as it is being recorded to a secure server and,
- Second, it will initiate a video call which will connect the user in a matter seconds to an attorney who will interact with the officer on behalf of the user.
View the campaign:
Legal representation through Sidekik is included in the Sidekik subscription. The user does not need to pay anything for the attorney to represent them aside from the subscription, which my partners and I estimate will be $60 for a year. The yearly subscription will include 12 uses of Sidekik. Some people have assumed the app user needs to pay some huge amount to be represented, and this is not the case.
If enough people start using Sidekik then police departments across the country will be faced with a Maywood, CA situation. In early June of 2010 the City of Maywood received a notice that their insurance was being cancelled, primarily due to the number of complaints filed against the police department. When the city tried getting coverage from other insurers, no insurance company would cover them. Maywood councilman Felipe Aguirre said, “Nobody will insure us, not as long as we have the police department.”
Since cities require insurance to legally operate, and no one would provide coverage given the number claims against the police, the entire 60 member department was disbanded on June 30th, 2010. Sidekik will streamline the formation of lawsuits against police departments by ensuring that evidence of rights violations is preserved and by providing a steady flow of attorneys willing to file lawsuits based on that evidence. In short, when the use of Sidekik becomes widespread, police departments will have two choices: change the way they do business or go out of business.