Teen Invents & Creates App Called "Five O" To Document & Report Police Brutality
The Mike Brown incident is tragic and negative but some positivity is coming out of it.
Ima Christian from Decatur, Georgia invented and created an app called, "Five O" to document and report police brutality. The app was designed for all mobile users.
Five O was created for people to record, document and even report any encounter they have with any police; that can or has led to police brutality. The Five O app also allows users to rate any police department, local or citywide so their civil behaviors towards the public are known.
Business Insider got a hold of the teen and she spoke about what inspired her to create the app.
"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," she said. "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 was released yesterday and is already available to Android users and will be available for Apple users real soon. Users can record and document any verbal or physical confrontation they experienced with any branches of law enforcement. Users can also rate police officers or law enfrocment departments by grade, ranging from A to F.
Users can also report positive aspects they witness with any police or police department as well.
The Five O app also displays a “Know Your Rights” section, which features information from the American Civil Liberties Union. This was established to help citizens who are unaware of their rights and also, what legal actions should be taken.
Ima Christian was recently interviewed by Buzzfeed and she expressed how she also wanted to aid in protecting the public. And help justice prevail against shady law enforcements.
“We’d like to know which regions in the US provide horrible law enforcement services as well as highlight the agencies that are highly rated by their citizens,” Ima said to the website. “In addition to putting more power into the hands of citizens when interacting with law enforcement, we believe that highly rated police departments should be used as models for those that fail at providing quality law enforcement services.”
Ima Christian also elaborated how the app is not only to focus on the bad behaviors of police officers or their department but, also to highlight good cops and their departments as well.
"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," she said. "We hope that law enforcement agencies with positive reviews can help by functioning as role models.”
Round of applause to Ima Christian, for developing a solution in the midst of a problem and for a making a difference.