Saturday, January 30, 2016

VIDEO/PICTURES: To combat brutality, Gambian man develops app that records police encounter and alerts loved ones

A new app can now document and hopefully reduce racial profiling during traffic stops in America. The developer Mbye Njie, originally from Gambia, says he developed the app
because he has been racially profiled by the police, and like many people of color,  he is fed up and decided to do something about it.

Njie started working on the app after the death of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old African-American teenager that was shot and killed by the police in Ferguson. With one click, the app alerts three of your contacts once you're stopped by the police, and with another click, it records both audio and video of your encounter and sends it to your three trusted contacts. The 34-year-old is an insurance salesman by day. He hopes his app will prevent officers from abusing their power and getting away with it. You can reach Njie on Twitter @mnjie.

Here is Njie explaining in more details how the app works:

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