'I'm Getting Pulled Over' Shortcut Added To iPhones Record Police

'I'm Getting Pulled Over' Shortcut Added To iPhones Record Police

The shortcut has gained popularity amid global protests against police brutality and racism.

If you're anxious about being treated unfairly by cops if and when you get pulled over, a good samaritan named Robert Petersen has created a Shortcut that will automatically record your interaction as evidence.

The shortcut is created to help protect users during interactions with law enforcement.

This is not an app, but a Siri Shortcut.

Though Petersen's app is only available for iPhone users, similar apps like Stop and Frisk Watch are available for both Android and iPhone devices. Once that's done, you'll also need the Shortcuts app from the App Store. Tap it and then toggle the "Allow Untrusted Shortcuts" to on.

"For example, build a "Surf Time" shortcut that grabs the surf report, gives an estimated arrival time to the beach, and launches your surf music playlist", according to Apple's support page. Then, it "opens your front camera and starts a video recording so you have a video record of being pulled over".

‘Hey Siri, I’m getting pulled over’: iPhone feature will record police interaction, send location

If for some reason the cop in question doesn't like that you're recording-even though you're legally protected in doing so-the video is immediately backed up to your iCloud or DropBox account, so deleting the video from your iPhone won't destroy the record.

The shortcut can be installed on your iPhone and will initiate a series of actions if prompted.

The Shortcut, which utilizes the Shortcuts app launched in 2018, is "the civilian equivalent" of a police officer's body cam, according to Petersen.

Here's how to install the "I'm being pulled over" shortcut on your iPhone. "The police these days in many places have body cams, so this could be the civilian equivalent".

Tap "Get Shortcut." After it opens, tap "Add Untrusted Shortcut". "I honestly didn't think the idea would prove as popular as it has, the response has been extreme [ly] positive and more than a bit overwhelming!" "[It] just seemed a good idea to empower the individual citizen to have a record over what happens during a stop to remove any "he said/she said" scenarios", Petersen said.

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