February 23, 2018 07:48 AM
What should you do if you're stopped by police? There is a new app designed to help you understand your rights.
The Legal Equalizer app has more than 100,000 downloads and there are different features designed to help citizens. There is a collection of laws for every state about traffic stops, immigration, and more. There is also a feature that can automatically text your location and a message to emergency contacts when you are pulled over.
Legal Equalizer also has a camera to record traffic stops that are sent out to those emergency contacts and saved to the app. There's also a feature to find an attorney.
The app comes as advocates across the country are asking for better police community relations. Dr. Cedric Alexander, law enforcement expert and deputy mayor of Rochester, says the app is a good idea, but he warns it should not be used to argue with police.
"If you feel an officer has been discourteous, you don't try to litigate that on the street," Dr. Alexander said. "There's a different place and time for an opportunity to do that."
Alexander adds there should be mutual respect from both parties.
"I think it's important that both entities -- both police and community -- are respectful of each other."
Alexander says the app isn't exclusively for police interactions. He says you can use it in any uncomfortable situation for safety.
The makers of this app plan to add features that can be useful for victims of domestic violence.
Legal Equalizer is free on the App Store and Google Play.
Updated: February 23, 2018 07:48 AM
Created: February 23, 2018 07:40 AM
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