Situations in the U.S. and even in the U.K. that involve police brutality have sparked tensions and an entire movement. Black Lives Matter has been active for three years strong and we have yet to see a real change in how innocent people are treated by officers. Siblings Ima, Caleb and Asha Christian have created an app that they hope will solve this problem and ease communication between communities and officers.
Five-O app, launched August 18, 2014, following the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri, allow users to document police interactions.
“We’ve been hearing about the negative instances in the news…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. 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. – Ima Christian, Business Insider
Caleb emphasized that it’s not about “he said, she said” and that users can contribute actual data and documentation on Five-O. The app also includes a feature so that users can rate police officers and see the scores for others. It gives people a chance to review positive interactions, like officers that do good deeds and make sure that they’re held accountable for their actions, whether good or bad.
According to Business Insider, they all have experience with coding and this is not the only app that they’ve created. With two other apps, Coily and Freshly, under their app development company, Pineart Inc. they’ve proven that age doesn’t define success.
Five-O is available for both iOS and Android devices