Teen Siblings Create App to Monitor Police Activity

Zain Meghji
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Teen Siblings Create App to Monitor Police Activity

Three teenage siblings from Georgia came up with a high-tech way to report any interactions with police — good or bad.

It is a smartphone app called Five-O. Across the nation, people who buy the app can use it to document every step of an encounter with police.

The app has several functions. There is a "Know Your Rights" tab that summarizes what your rights are when you are stopped by the police, while the community message forums discuss local law enforcement issues.

It's like a Yelp of sorts but for local police officers instead of restaurants, so users can complete incident reports to gauge good and bad behavior, with aims to increase efficiency, set positive examples, and in negative cases, serve as a starting point for problem-solving.

The creators behind the app are 16-year-old Ima, 15-year-old Asha, and their brother, 14-year-old Caleb Christian.

"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," Ima Christian told Business Insider "They always try to reinforce that we should focus on solutions."

Familiar with technology and versed in coding language, the teens already had an app development company. In addition to two other apps, they built Five-O on their own.

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