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North Carolina ACLU unveils excessive force app

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ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -  A new app developed by the ACLU of North Carolina allows users to document encounters with law enforcement. 

The group unveiled the Mobile Justice app Monday, which allows users to send their own incident report of police encounters directly to the ACLU of North Carolina if users feel excessive force was used in the encounter. 

The app is free. 

Buncombe Co. Sheriff Van Duncan said he feels the invention of the app is an "inflammatory" move by the ACLU, given the current climate of distrust across the nation surrounding law enforcement. 

"It's not an adversarial tool," said ACLU Attorney Carolyna Manrique. "It's simply a tool that people can use to document interactions."

The Sheriff, however, cautioned users against using the app recklessly, including reaching into purses or pockets to grab your phone and record during police encounters.

"Officers are trained to react to those things," said Sheriff Duncan.

The ACLU said they are also urging users to be smart when using the app, telling them to disclose to the officer that they are grabbing their phone to record the encounter. 

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