Free Guidebook included
Citizens filming the police can discourage police brutality and harassment — letting the cops know that their actions are being recorded, and that they will be held accountable for acts of harassment and abuse.
Although it is important to resist police brutality by taking cops to court, filing complaints and holding demonstrations, it is also crucial for us to be prepared when police activity takes place, letting the police know that we will hold them accountable for their behaviour in our communities. Citizen monitoring of police is a crucial first step towards building a movement capable of stopping police violence, and of challenging the increasingly powerful role of police in our society.Download our Guide to SAFELY filming the police
Helping you help yourself
Cop Watch Video Recorder was created to help people help themselves. Those sworn to Serve & Protect have proven they won't. So we must look out, and care for each other.
"I recorded an event when the police were questioning me ... It seemed like because of the fact I was recording them they were acting nicer than usual. At one point 1 of the officers tried to grab my phone, but I warned him if he tried to damage the phone or stop the recording it will be uploaded to the Internet immediately, and then he stopped, LOL. It felt good like we are equals, as it should have always been."
Frequently Asked Questions
We've made it to version 2.0! Thanks for your support!
Are my videos safe?
Yes! Your videos are stored on Apple's iCloud, in the very same secure system as your uploaded Photos and Messages.
Is this a new app?
No. Cop Watch Video Recorder is now at version 2.0. We have been here on the the AppStore since February 2014
Why does it cost so much?
It doesn't. We know first-hand it can be quite harrowing to safely film the police. The work we put into simplifying the process for you is surely worth the price of a cup of coffee, no?
When we first launched we would upload the videos to YouTube. Creating a special channel, and handling the complicated login process was difficult, and the results were cumbersome. iCloud is an Apple service, and on iPhone, it just works! You are probably already logged in!
Can I delete my videos?
Yes. Visit https://copwatch.app/videos.html to login with your Apple ID to view, download, or delete your videos.
Should I save to Private or Public?
Either way works great! The default in the app is for your videos to remain Private to you. If you change it on the Settings page, your videos will be visible to anyone who logs into the web page with their own Apple ID. Your private videos are only visible to you.