Young, Gifted & Black: Georgia Teens Create Police Watchdog App ‘Five-O’

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Instead of taking to the streets to riot in protest, the siblings channeled their feelings on the matter into something constructive and innovative. “[Our parents] always try to reinforce that we should focus on solutions,” Ima said. “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 Five -O mobile app allows users to record and save data from every encounter they have with the authorities. That includes whether or not a given cop got physical with a suspected offender and the reason a person was stopped. Five-O also asks users whether they were stopped for a legitimate reason, but that may be pretty subjective.

This app could also allow specific officers’ behavior to be tracked in terms of how they treat people of different races. In short, user data could help point out a pattern of discriminatory actions. Users can also share their incident reports with others and even rate individual cops (or the entire department).

Beyond that, there’s even a section on the app that lets the public know their rights in any encounter with an officer.

Bravo, kids!


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