Use This Siri Shortcut To Protect Yourself From Negative Police Interactions
With all of the recent events happening in the world surrounding police brutality and injustice, people everywhere are looking for solutions to this long-standing issue. In the early 2000s, several high-profile police incidents made national news one of the most well-known being the Rodney King riots.
During these times, there was no such thing as a cellphone with video recording capabilities. That meant that a large portion of what was reported on the news and shown came directly from the police officers’ point of view. There is access to cellphones and video cameras everywhere now, so the police can get away with controlling a one-sided narrative in today’s age.
One innovative piece of technology that has helped many people deal wit negative police encounters is the iPhone. If you’re an iPhone user, there is a shortcut you can use by way of Siri to record all interactions that you have with the police instantly.
How to use the shortcut
To use the automatic “Hey Siri, I’m being pulled over” iPhone shortcut, you must set it up on your device as it is not an app you download from the app store. First, your device must be running a minimum of iOS12 to activate this shortcut. Next, you need to download the Shortcuts app, which is found in the App Store.
Now, you need to click on this link in the built-in Safari browser to set up the shortcut on your device. You must use the Safari browser as clicking on the link in other browsers will simply not work. You need to enable “unverified” shortcuts on your device for this to work.
To do this, you need to go to your Settings, then click on shortcuts, finally, enable Allow Untrusted Shortcuts. Now, you need to grant access to your location so that your GPS will be able to send your coordinates to your iCloud drive during the encounter.
Why it’s beneficial to use it
To enable your new shortcut, you will have to allow Siri to listen in on all of your conversations so you can simply say, “Hey Siri, I’m being pulled” over to activate the various features offered by the shortcut. Once fully activated, the shortcut will carry out all of the following actions on your device:
- Pause any music currently being played
- Dim your screen’s backlight
- Start front-facing video recording
- Video sent to emergency contact
- Current location sent to emergency contact in your phone
Keep in mind, some of these events will happen automatically, while others will require you to approve a few on-screen prompts before the action is completed.
Using this shortcut, when you get pulled over by the police, you will be able to have at least a verifiable record of all the events from your perspective. This is very beneficial because it will allow you to prove your case in court without being subject to only the police’s side of the story.
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