Black moms rally behind police misconduct protection app

A new streaming app called ANJEL Tech allows concerned parents to see and hear what’s going on with their children in times of crisis by discreetly live streaming audio and video to a smartphone. The app has already received praise and support from black mothers, who see it as a tool to intervene in dangerous encounters with the police.

“If anything comes up, swipe, stream, Mommy listens, Mommy finds out where you are and she’s on her way,” said Tansy McNulty, founder and CEO of One Million Madly Moms (1M4).

The images of a tense traffic stop that turns violent and in some cases deadly haunts many black families across the country, in some cases there is bodycam video and in other cases there is no video at all leaving only the word to the police What happened.

However, the power of video has helped victims of police violence and brutality be held accountable and put cops behind bars, including high-profile cases like Derek Chauvin, who killed George Floyd, Kim Potter, who killed Daunte Wright, and Christopher Schurr, who was caught in the cellphone shooting Patrick Lyoya, 26, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, though Schurr is still awaiting his day in court on charges related to the shooting.

“If we had raw footage, it would have a better chance,” said McNulty, who has thrown her support and that of 1M4 behind the ANJEL tech app.

McNulty runs 1M4, an organization of black women working to end police brutality. She says that when she found out about the ANJEL Tech app, which turns your smartphone into a body cam by live-streaming audio and video, she had to jump on board.

“If you have raw video footage, your case is much more solid. May I say you will be held accountable? No, I can’t say for sure that will happen, but you have a much better chance if you have unedited video,” McNulty said.

“You can have the world’s most powerful and ubiquitous body camera in your pocket, and you can know when and what’s happening to your loved ones, you can see it, and you know how you relate to them,” said James A. Samuel, Founder and CEO of Pluribus and creator of ANJEL Tech App.

Samuel claims that the app has had 40,000 downloads since it was released last year and has been growing until now. He began developing the app after the killing of George Floyd, the last minutes of Floyd’s life captured on video not only made a difference in the criminal case against his killer, but had a lasting impact on the racist reckoning that 2020 followed. Samuel says using powerful imagery and sound has always been a useful tool to bring about positive change and improve the lives of African Americans, even leading to new laws and policy changes over the years.

Once activated on a smartphone, the ANJEL Tech App sends a live stream of GPS directions to the person at risk. The app automatically saves audio and video to a secure cloud accessible by the app user.

“In the civil rights movement in the ’60s, Dr. King and the Freedom Riders, they showed us by being able to exemplify on TV the kinds of treatment and brutality and the fire hoses and the dogs and the bombings of churches,” Samuel explained of the unfair treatment of African Americans caught on camera .

According to McNulty, 1M4 often supports families affected by police violence, adding that additional video evidence would make a world of difference for many families they work with. One of the families McNulty has supported is linked to 18-year-old Xzavier Hill, who was killed by Virginia State Police in January 2021 after a high-speed chase. Police allege he refused to obey orders to get out of his car and reached for a gun before they shot him. A grand jury acquitted the officers in Hill’s case of criminal misconduct.

“His mother, Latoya Benton, we have the bodycam and dashcam footage, a version of it from the officers, but it would have been nice to see what happened from Xzavier’s point of view,” McNulty said.

In April, Benton filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Virginia State Police seeking $60 million in damages, though no attorney would take her case, so she’s pursuing it herself. Benton admits that ANJEL Tech is a useful tool would be as she begins her own fight for justice on behalf of her son.

“We definitely need something that records footage and they can’t first access it and do what they want before it goes public,” Benton said.

“We need to take our energy back and give the energy back, I literally have ANJEL Tech on my phone, putting the power in my hand with ANJEL Tech and in my husband’s hand and in my kids’ hand,” said McNulty, a staunch advocate of the apartment

ANJEL Tech app is available on iOS and Android app stores, and subscription prices range from $5 to $18 per month.

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Dustin Huang

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