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ACLU Missouri unveils app to report possible police abuse

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri hopes their new smart phone app will put an end to alleged civil rights violations by some police officers.

The organization unveiled the technology at a press conference in St. Louis on Thursday.

The app, called "Mobile Justice," has three main functions.

Record. Witness. Report.

Mobile Justice allows citizens to record situations where they feel law enforcement is violating their rights.

Those recordings are sent directly to the ACLU of Missouri through the app.

The witness function alerts others in the area to the situation so they can see what's happening.

Proponents feel the app protects citizens, but could it also keep police from doing their job?

"Mobile Justice Missouri is a tool to empower individuals to make sure their rights aren't violated," said Executive Director of Missouri ACLU Jeffrey Mittman.

"I think a well trained police officer. A well trained, educated police officer in his or her field, this is not going to stop them from doing their job," said Director of SEMO Police Doug Richards. "They are there to take whatever steps necessary to resolve situations"

Richards added that he understands it may be a little intimidating for officers, but he believes the app could also protect officers from false allegations.

The same as body cameras many departments now use.

The reports sent via the app to the ACLU will be up for review, but not necessarily ending in a lawsuit.

Right now, the app is only available on Android devices, but an iPhone version is expected early next year.

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