These Teens Designed An App To Help Track And Prevent Police Brutality
Inspired by the death of Michael Brown and other similar incidents, three Georgia siblings created Five-O to help keep local police accountable.
Meet Ima, Caleb, and Asha Christian. They're siblings and high school students from Decatur, Georgia.
"We had been hearing a lot about the scary and negative issues occurring in the media," Ima (pronounced Ee-may) told BuzzFeed. "Most recently, the Michael Brown case, and we talk to our parents often about these issues and they really try to put everything into context for us. One of the things they really stress is that we focus on finding solutions."
With the help of some mentors, they came up with Five-O, an iPhone and Android app (currently in beta) that aims to empower citizens by providing a metric to hold local law enforcement accountable for their actions.
But the app isn't just about documenting the bad things; the siblings also think the positive interactions can serve as evidence for commendation.
“We definitely want there to be a balance,” Ima said. “If someone has a positive interaction with the police... for example, an officer saved your cat, or was very courteous and professional, we want people to be able to document that too. We hope that law enforcement agencies with positive reviews can help by functioning as role models."