You have the right to film the police.
- The ACLU of Nebraska Mobile Justice smartphone app was created to empower individuals to hold Nebraska law enforcement agencies accountable for their actions. Download the Android app or download the iPhone app.
It has four main features:
- Record - allows citizens to capture exchanges between police officers and themselves or other community members in audio and video files that are automatically emailed to the ACLU of Nebraska.
- Witness - gives citizens the option to alert nearby Mobile Justice App users when they are stopped by police in order to witness and document the interaction.
- Report - gives citizens the option to provide a more-detailed account of their interactions with police in an incident report, which will be transmitted directly to the ACLU of Nebraska.
- Know Your Rights - provides an overview of what rights protect Nebraskans when they are stopped by law enforcement officers.
When interacting with law enforcement, exercise caution when attempting to use the app to document your exchange. Your safety depends on your ability to clearly communicate your actions and to remain calm.
- Announce that you are reaching for your phone.
- Announce that you are attempting to access the app to record the exchange.
- If the officer forbids or prevents you from doing so, do not argue or resist.
- Follow the officer's instructions.
- If your rights have been violated, your attorney will argue your case later.
- If the officer attempts to touch your screen in an effort to destroy the evidence you've captured, don't worry. The app is password protected and will immediately forward what you captured at the point at which the proper password is not provided.
Please note that video and report submissions through the app are not considered legal requests for representation. If you want the ACLU to represent you, you must request assistance.
Not in Nebraska? Learn if your state has a Mobile Justice App!