ByMichael Casey

With confrontations between citizens and police on the rise, new technology is allowing users on the front lines to upload clashes instantaneously to the Internet.

Following the events of alleged police brutality in Ferguson, New York and now Baltimore, protests have risen in cities across the country, and many protesters come ready to roll the cameras. A handful of new smartphone apps help ensure that users will be able to get their video evidence out to the public before it can be destroyed by police and leverage the power of social media to bring attention to the protest movement.

"You are seeing more instances of cops perhaps trying to stop someone from recording an incident that is going on so there has been a movement to have apps that make it easier for you to not just record something on your phone but get it up on YouTube immediately without you having to fiddle around and save it," CNET's Bridget Carey told CBS News.

Among the most popular is Cop Watch, a free app created by the Network for the Elimination of Police Violence in Toronto. The app allows users to begin recording as soon as it is launched, and to upload video to YouTube automatically. It's available on App Store for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

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