Three Georgia teens have created an app to help arm citizens about the people who are paid to protect them. The high-schoolers developed “Five-O,” a mobile app that empowers citizens “to record and store data from every encounter with law enforcement.” The app then allows the incident reports to be shared and used by the community to rate individual officers and police departments as a whole.
“We’ve been hearing about the negative instances in the news, for instance most recently the Michael Brown case, and we always talk about these issues with our parents,” 16-year-old Ima Christian — who created the app with siblings Caleb, 14, and Asha, 15 — told Business Insider, explaining the inspiration behind the program. “They always try to reinforce that we should focus on solutions. It’s important to talk about the issues, but they try to make us focus on finding solutions. That made us think why don’t we create an app to help us solve this problem.”
The app also includes a “know your rights” section, complete with information from the American Civil Liberties Union. The teens credit their coding knowledge to participating in programs through MIT’s +K12, Scratch, CodeAcademy and AppInventor.