These high schoolers are on to something!
Ima, Caleb, and Asha Christian are siblings and high school students from Decatur, Georiga who came up with a possible solution to police brutality and abuse; an app that lets citizens rate their interactions with law enforcement.
“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.”
According to Buzzfeed, the Five-O app is available for both iPhone and Android in the Beta version. When the app lauches, users will be able to document their interactions with individual officers and departments. Community boards will track patterns of abuse, and provide a potential forum for problem-solving among the residents, the media, and the police bureaus themselves.
The app isn’t all about tracking the bad interactions. Ima stateted “We definitely want there to be a balance, 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.”
The app has been in beta for 5 months but has recently been getting a lot of attention from tech and design communities due to the recent activity in Ferguson, MO. The siblings ages, 14, 15, and 16 have been dabbling in computer science and coding thruogh school programs such as MIT’s Scratch and CodeAcademy. This is their thrid app to lauch from their company, Pine Tart, Inc.
image via Pine Tart, Inc