‘Hey Siri, I’m getting pulled over’ Shortcut Makes It Easy to Record Police

Updated: Jun 18


Photo: Ben McCanna

As protests against racial police violence have spread across the US, we’ve seen how video captured on mobile devices can help identify misconduct by law enforcement.


But such evidence isn’t just useful at a protest, but during all sorts of routine interactions with the police, including traffic stops. That’s why the Siri shortcut “I’m getting pulled over” exists.


THE PROGRAM DIMS YOUR PHONE, PAUSES YOUR MUSIC, AND STARTS RECORDING


Once you load this (free) shortcut onto your iPhone, all you need to do is say “Hey Siri, I’m getting pulled over” and it will kickstart a chain of events. It will dim your phone, pause any music being played, and start recording video from your front-facing camera. It can also send your current location and a copy of that video to an emergency contact, though you’ll need to confirm a few pop-up messages to complete these steps.


The shortcut itself is the work of Robert Petersen, who first published it in 2018. Petersen has been updating the program since then, though, and the shortcut has gained new attention following protests after the police killing of George Floyd.


How to download it


There are a few steps you'll need to do to install the shortcut.


Step 1: To set it up, first download the "Shortcuts" app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Then you have to run another shortcut in the Shortcuts app. If you tap "Gallery" on the bottom right corner, you will see other shortcuts you can run.

Step 3: Next, go to settings, and scroll down to "Shortcuts." Tap it and then toggle the "Allow Untrusted Shortcuts" to on.

Step 4: Open this link in Safari to download the "I'm getting pulled over" shortcut. Tap "Get Shortcut."



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