Oversight is a native iOS app that allows users to tether their phone to multiple devices including a car camera, dash cam, and body camera. The app allows users to activate any camera via voice command to capture footage of an assailant from any perspective. Users can change their settings to save footage in a cloud storage system for file protection and later submit the footage to the American Civil Liberties Union if an unjust court case is at stake.
In a 2017 report conducted by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, 75 police departments across the US were placed on a scorecard to examine their current BWC (body worn camera) policies.
Each of the 75 police departments were evaluated on 8 criterias, derived from the Civil Rights Principles on Body Worn Cameras. 3 out of the 8 presented disturbing facts.
A high percentage of BWC policies DO Not provide safeguards to protect the civil rights of individuals.
This allows Law enforcement agencies to use BWCs as instruments of injustice rather than tools for accountability.
Multiple accounts of police misconduct have been documented by bystanders (via cellphones) and BWC footage from police officers but still failed (in some cases) to discourage police misconduct or unjust outcomes in court cases.
NOT ALL Civilians have an effective measure to capture and broadcast live footage as an evidentiary tool or a way to de-escalate the situation.
Civilians need a way to capture and broadcast live footage during police encounters to help deter police misconduct. Full transparency (from the civilian’s perspective) would deter the rate of police misconduct and tampering of police body camera footage. This is important because allowing civilians instant access to evidence would give them an advantage in an unjust system should they feel the need to seek justice (in court). As a result, this may discourage police misconduct to some degree.
Provide the following:
1. A way to capture, and collect live footage during a police encounter
2. A way to broadcast and share live footage immediately
3. A way to access and maintain evidentiary support