Inspired by the death of Michael Brown and other similar incidents, three Georgia siblings created Five-O to help keep local police accountable.
Meet Ima, Caleb, and Asha Christian. They’re siblings and high school students from Decatur, Georgia.
And they’ve come up with what they hope is a possible solution to police brutality and abuse: an app that lets citizens rate their interactions with local law enforcement.
“We had been hearing a lot about the scary and negative issues occurring in the media,” Ima (pronounced Ee-may) told BuzzFeed. “Most recently, the Michael Brown case, and we talk to our parents often about these issues and they really try to put everything into context for us. One of the things they really stress is that we focus on finding solutions.”
With the help of some mentors, they came up with Five-O, an iPhone and Android app (currently in beta) that aims to empower citizens by providing a metric to hold local law enforcement accountable for their actions.
When the app launches, users will be able to document and rate their interactions with individual officers and departments. Community boards will track patterns of abuse, and provide a potential forum for problem-solving among the residents, the media, and the police bureaus themselves.
But the app isn’t just about documenting the bad things; the siblings also think the positive interactions can serve as evidence for commendation.
“We definitely want there to be a balance,” Ima said. “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. We hope that law enforcement agencies with positive reviews can help by functioning as role models.”
Five-O is the third app from the siblings’ company Pine Tart, inc.
At 14, 15, and 16 years old, the siblings have been dabbling in computer science and coding for several years through school programs like MIT’s Scratch, CodeAcademy, and app development classes at nearby Georgia Tech and Emory University.
Though the app has been in development for several months, Five-O has been getting recent attention and support from the tech and design communities — due to incidents like the one in Ferguson.
“The main function of Five-O,” Ima said, “Is to give a voice to the community which hopefully results in a better functioning law enforcement system.”
© Richard Ellis via Getty Images Former Klansman and congressional candidate David Duke discusses his bid for the seat opened by Rep. Bob Livingston during NBC’s ”Meet the Press” March 28, 1999 in Washington, DC. (photo by Richard Ellis)
Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke issued a warning to Republicans who have criticized House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) for speaking to a white nationalist group in 2002, saying they “better be looking over their shoulders.”
In an interview with Fusion, Duke said he has ties to politicians on both sides of the aisle, and he is ready to release names if criticism of Scalise continues:
Overall, Duke was rather flabbergasted by the new focus on Scalise. He said he has hosted both Democratic and Republican legislators at everything from conferences to his children’s birthday parties. He said he has met with Democratic legislators at least 50 times in his political life.And he delivered a warning to both Republicans and Democrats: Treat Scalise fairly, and don’t try to make political hay out of the situation. Or he said he would be inclined to release a list of names of all the politicians — both Republicans and Democrats — with whom he has ties.
“If Scalise is going to be crucified — if Republicans want to throw Steve Scalise to the woods, then a lot of them better be looking over their shoulders,” Duke said.
Scalise has struggled to distance himself from Duke since a Louisiana blogger revealedearlier this week that the GOP leader had associated with the former KKK Grand Wizard and had spoken to a group Duke founded, the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, in 2002.
“I didn’t know who all of these groups were, and I detest any kind of hate group,” Scalise said on Monday.
Peter Wehner, a former adviser to President George W. Bush, said the news about Scalise’s 2002 speech is “acidic for the Republican Party.” But GOP leaders — including House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) — are standing by Scalise amid the controversy.
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