ACLU AZ's New Anti-Racial Profiling App: Don't Suspect a Cop, Report Him (Um, or Her)
ACLU Become an electronic warrior for justice with the ACLU's new anti-SB 1070 app...
Have you just been racially profiled by one of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's boys (or girls) in beige?
Did a Phoenix cop ask to see your driver's license -- while you were in the back seat of someone else's car?!
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Has an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer pulled you over and asked if you have a Social Security Number?
Are you Latino, look Latino (even vaguely) or know people who fit either category?
Then don't delay, snag the gadget every resident of Ari-bama needs like a tube of SPF 40 sunscreen and a pair of flip-flops: the ACLU of Arizona's Stop Senate Bill 1070 Mobile App.
Why should racist law enforcement officers have all the technology, right?
This free, high-tech doohickey, available from acluaz.org/UnitedAgainst1070 or from your phone's app store, allows you to report a racial profiling incident immediately after it happens, while still in the air-conditioned comfort of your vehicle, assuming the Five-O doesn't have you in cuffs already.
See, when the United States Supreme Court ruled on SB 1070 last year, it allowed to stand one of the bill's most controversial provisions: section 2B, which obligates Officer Friendly to inquire about your immigration status after a stop, if the cop has reasonable suspicion to believe you're in the country without authorization.
How do they develop that reasonable suspicion? Well, as we've seen in the ACLU's racial profiling lawsuit Melendres v. Arpaio, brown skin tends to be a giant red flag for the bulls.
Of course, that's illegal, but the Supreme Court decided that, hypothetically, it was possible for 2B to be enforced constitutionally. So it gave the section, which at that point had not gone into effect, a pass.