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Mobile Justice launches in California


SAN DIEGO, Calif. – By one click you can record your encounter with police.

No need to figure out how to upload or download it will go directly to the American Civil Liberties Union.


“This app is specifically designed to give communities a tool with which to put a check on possible abuses that happen when one encounters law enforcement,” American Civil Liberties Union Communication Strategist Anna Castro said.

So far 30,000 have used the the Mobile Justice California app since it launched last week.

It’s a free app and free to use.

It’s is available for Android and iPhones.


“Right now, I think we’ve all noticed that when people have encounters with law enforcement, they are more and more aware of the need to maybe record these encounters.  We’re really lucky in California you can record encounters in California,” Castro said.

The app also includes an incident report that will be transmitted to the ACLU.

A time stamp and date will automatically be included.


The good thing about the app is that if you record and you send, ACLU will have a record of that recording.  If you phone gets confiscated, they’ll already have that on file.

And even if the video gets deleted on your phone, ACLU will have a copy.


“This just takes away that extra step of thinking I have to uploaded to Youtube.  I don’t know who to send this video to.  This sends it directly  to an organization that fights for your rights everyday,” Castro said.


About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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