THIS iPhone Shortcut Will Record Your Interaction with Police

An iPhone shortcut — which a user must first install — is gaining popularity amid worldwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality.

Reddit user Robert Petersen, who first created the “Police” program in 2018, has recently updated his shortcut, now titled “I’m being pulled over.”

By simply saying, “Hey Siri, I’m getting pulled over,” the shortcut will pause any music that is playing, turn down the brightness of one’s phone, turn on the “Do Not Disturb” mode to block any incoming calls, open up one’s front-facing camera, and start a video recording.

The shortcut will also send a message to a predesignated contact, letting them know that their liaison is being pulled over, as well as the person’s location.

Once the recording is stopped, the shortcut will send a copy of the video to the predesignated contact and allow the user the option to send it to their iCloud or Dropbox.

“I just wanted a way for anyone to have proof of their version of events in the unlikely scenario that something unexpected happens during a police interaction,” Petersen told KCTV last year. “And if 1 in 10,000 people find my shortcut useful at all, I’d be glad.”

Earlier this week on Twitter, Petersen provided links to the current version of his shortcut, as people and outlets were passing around an older model.

Here’s how to install “I’m being pulled over”:

  1. First download the ”Shortcuts” app on your iPhone.

  2. Then, you must run another shortcut in the “Shortcuts” app. To do this, tap “Gallery” on the bottom right corner to see other shortcuts you can activate.

  3. Go to settings and scroll down to “Shortcuts.” Click it and then turn on “Allow Untrusted Shortcuts.”

  4. Download the “I’m getting pulled over” shortcut using the Safari browser on your iPhone.

  5. Tap “Get Shortcut.”

  6. Once it opens, scroll down and click “Add Untrusted Shortcut.”

  7. Enter in the contact you would like to notify if you are being pulled over.

  8. Enter in the contact you would like to send a copy of the video recording to.

  9. Tap “Done.”

  10. Open “Shortcuts,” scroll down to “I’m getting pulled over,” and tap the menu button on its icon. Be sure to allow camera and location access.

  11. From the same menu, you can also add the shortcut to your home screen in case you want to tap it instead of speaking to Siri.


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