February 28, 2015
Today, I saw a young Iraq War vet speak at ANARCHAPULCO 2015, who is one the the founders of CopBlock.org and working on completing an app, whereby, with one click on a SmartPhone, the moment that you are pulled over or otherwise stopped or have had your home visited by law enforcement, your phone will instantly begin videoing the encounter, storing it online and sending calls to 50 lawyers in your area, so that a legal representative can speak to the officer on your behalf on camera because you have the right to remain silent and you should not talk to a cop who is seeking to detain you, except to inform him that you have the right to remain silent.
It is exactly during the time of your encounter with law enforcement, that you need to have the events documented and to have a legal representative there to ensure that everybody behaves correctly and that the event has the best possible outcome.
The app requires $140k to complete and when finished it will likely be the most complex phone app, to date.
Cop Block is committed to highlighting the double standard often granted to those in uniforms and badges. We do this by raising awareness and providing support to victims of police abuse and other related institutional injustice. By documenting police actions whether they are illegal, immoral, or just a waste of time and resources, then agitating against the individuals responsible (ideally while recording and then later sharing), we can work together towards transparency and a real impact on issues of police accountability.
CopBlock.org serves as a resource for education and awareness on individual and civil rights. We encourage constructive discourse and knowledge through the dissemination of different viewpoints and tactics in order to combat both the frequent violations of civil rights and the lack of accountability in modern policing.
We do not â€œhate cops.â€ We simply believe that all human beings have equal rights; no one class or group of people has any more rights simply by the nature of his or her position or uniform. *The failure and inability of to realize and act on this philosophy is to the detriment of all individuals. By focusing the disinfecting light of transparency on public officials, we safeguard not only our rights but those of future generations.
Those of us volunteering at CopBlock.org do not condone violence, though we recognize it is morally acceptable when used in self-defense of self or others. As a general practice, we do not enforce intellectual property claims of any sort, and encourage everyone to use Cop Block information, logos, graphics, etc. to join the fight and contribute to activism in their preferred manner. However, we dissociate ourselves from those who encourage initiatory violence to further their ends, or otherwise do not adhere to the non-aggression principle. [Click here for more on the non-aggression principle]
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