YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – The American Civil Liberties Union’s “Mobile Justice” app allows you to record police interactions and send it directly to the ACLU.
“I do think it’s a good thing because in case something bad happens, just like it had before, you have a witness. You have it on camera,” Jeiel Williams of York County said.
“If they’re doing what they’re suppose to be doing, protecting and serving, then they shouldn’t have to worry about whether someone is filming or videoing them,” Edward Day of York, said.
Chief Bentzel with Northern York County Regional Police said he’s not worried about being recorded.
“I’m a firm believer that a lot of encounters are going to be captured on video regardless of whose capturing it,” Chief Bentzel said.
In their list of policy and procedures, it’s allowed. It states citizens have a first Amendment right to record police officers in public places, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the officer’s duties or safety.
After the video is sent, the user can opt to answer a number of questions.
“It really doesn’t come down to what I think, whether I agree or disagree. The fact of the matter is it’s here, we need to learn how to work within our proper guidelines concerning these types of interactions,” Chief Bentzel said.