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Stopped by the police? There’s an app for that

Thursday, July 09, 2015 @ 8:00 PM | By Dave Gordon

The controversial practice of carding — in which a police officer stops a pedestrian for no apparent reason and asks for identification — has spurred initiatives for peaceful resistance.

The most recent example is LegalSwipe, a new free smartphone app developed by Christien Levine, a recent graduate of University of Ottawa’s law school.

LegalSwipe guides users on what to say and do in the event they are randomly stopped by law enforcement. But while the app purports to protect and clarify an individual’s rights, what it...