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It’s easy to record video using a smart phone, but where do you send it if you believe it’s proof of someone’s rights being violated? The ACLU of North Carolina says a new app will take care of that. 

All video that’s taped using the Mobile Justice NC will be sent directly to the ACLU of North Carolina.

Carolyna Manrique is a staff attorney for the group. She says the app makes it easy for users to upload video, no matter the situation.

"Perhaps the person is ordered by the police to stop recording and they’re very quickly being put in handcuffs or something like that. Well, once the person shakes the phone or clicks on stop, it will immediately send the video to us without them having to do anything else," says Manrique.

Manrique says the automatic upload when they shake the phone is important, because the ACLU will get the video immediately, even if the bystander’s phone is confiscated by the police.

North Carolina’s ACLU office is the seventh chapter to offer the app.

Rowan County commissioners can no longer open public meetings with a prayer if it’s given by them. A federal court ruled the practice is discriminatory.

Rowan County

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that opening prayers with references to Christianity during government meetings do not violate the U.S. Constitution.

This decision may impact a trial in Rowan County filed by residents who say they feel excluded when county commissioners open council meetings in the name of Jesus.

The United Church of Christ filed a federal lawsuit in Charlotte on Monday arguing that same-sex couples should be able to marry in North Carolina. Of course, there are many challenges to same-sex marriage bans playing out across the country. WFAE's Michael Tomsic joined Mark Rumsey to discuss where some of the lawsuits in North Carolina stand.

Let's start with today's challenge. What makes it different?

North Carolina leaders have to lay out some of their arguments Monday for how they'll defend the state's sweeping new voting law from court challenges. Monday is the deadline for the state to file a response to lawsuits brought by the North Carolina NAACP and ACLU.


In the Bible belt that is the South, the role of church and state are often intertwined in such a manner as to appear one in the same.  But when it comes to divorcing the Christian faith from government practices, you begin to see the truth in the expression “the devil made me do it.”

Typically, the South is the only region in the nation where a majority of voters describe themselves as either “born-again” or “Evangelical Christians” in the exit polls.

Rowan County commissioners decided Monday to continue opening their meetings with a prayer, despite a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU has argued the prayers are unconstitutional and violate the separation of church and state.

ACLU Questions Police Cameras

Jul 30, 2012

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office have both recently added cameras that take pictures of license plates. They help catch car thieves and tax evaders, but now the Americans Civil Liberties Union is asking if they’re capturing too much.