In the wake of the fatal shooting of Ferguson, Missouri, teenager Mike Brown, three Georgia teenagers have created a new app to document police abuse, as an effort to bring communities together to problem solve.
With “Five-O”, users can submit any details of a particular incident, including officer names and ratings. A community board within the app will help facilitate discussions on how to respond with the local police.
Caleb Christian, 14, and his two sisters Ima, 16, and Asha, 15 explained to Business Insider why they decided to develop and launch the application.
“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. They always try to reinforce that we should focus on solutions,” Ima Christian said. “That made us think, ’Why don’t we create an app to help us solve this problem?'”
They’re also hoping to shine a light on officers who users have positive experiences with.
Caleb assures there’s no reason to doubt their young ages. “You’re never too young to learn, and you’re never too young to make a difference.”
The siblings developed the app themselves through their own mobile software company, Pinetart, Inc. It’s currently available for download on Android devices.
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