A Siri Shortcut (a series of actions that can be triggered by saying a specific phrase similar to Alexa Routines) has been created to record the actions of the police when they pull you over.

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Users say “Hey Siri, I’m getting pulled over,” and the program will activate. Siri will automatically pause any music that you might be playing, turn down the brightness on your iPhone, and put the device on Do Not Disturb.

It can also be used to send a text to a predetermined contact with your location information, and start recording using your front-facing camera. When you’ve stopped recording it can email the video to a different contact, or save it to cloud storage services such as Dropbox.


There are a number of other apps available which can be used to document interactions with the police. The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey released an app called Police Tape on Android that records video and audio discreetly but also disappears from the phone screen when recording begins.

Similarly an app called Stop and Frisk Watch, developed by the New York Civil Liberties Union and available on both iOS and Android, lets users record interactions with the police, alert them when other people in the vicinity are using the app, and allow users to report a police interaction they saw or experienced even if they did not film it.