Teens Create Five-O App, A Yelp-Style Service For Monitoring Police Behavior
Over this year's "Summer of Discontent," one of the massive issues that kept coming appearing the headlines was the issue of police brutality and militarization, ranging from the death of Eric Garner in an NYPD chokehold to the chaos overtaking Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of the unarmed Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. Three concerned teens decided to do something about the seemingly flagrant abuse by police around the country.
Because they're teenagers and it's 2014, they decided to build an app. Five-O, the creation of Caleb (14), Ima (16) and Asha (15) Christian, is meant to be a sort-of Yelp for the police. The app was revealed a few weeks back, but these issues are not going away any time soon.
"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 said to Business Insider in an interview. "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 (for iOS and Android) has a few extremely helpful features, like "Know Your Rights," which lists your Constitutional rights should you be stopped by the police. It also lets users rate police officers, for good or for bad.