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New app to help citizens monitor police behaviour

Police brand the initiative a “witch hunt”

Many police complaint cases are rejected due to a lack of evidence (photo: iStock)
September 30th, 2015 2:31 pm| by Christian W

By the end of this year, citizens will be able to film a police arrest or raid they witness via a new app being developed in order to obtain documentation in cases regarding complaints against the police.

The app is developed by KRIM – the association that offers free legal help in complaints against the police and compensation cases involving the police and prison authorities – and is expected to help solve many police complaint cases that are rejected due to a lack of evidence.

“We’ve taken the initiative because we experience that far too many complaints against the police end up being shelved due to a lack of evidence,” Claus Bonnez, the head of KRIM, told DR Nyheder.

“We’ve seen examples of people filming police actually having cases successfully processed, which they wouldn’t ordinarily have if there wasn’t any video or audio recordings.”

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Witch hunt
But the new app hasn’t been well received by the police, who contend that video doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story.

“Everything we say and do should see the light of day, naturally,” said Claus Oxfeldt, the head of the police association Politiforbundet.

“We are aware that a lot is filmed, but I think it’s a bit of a witch hunt against the police, because a video doesn’t give the whole story: not before or after the episode being recorded.”