Three Georgia teens have created an app to help arm citizens about the people who are paid to protect them. The high-schoolers developed “Five-O,” a mobile app that empowers citizens “to record and store data from every encounter with law enforcement.” The app then allows the incident reports to be shared and used by the community to rate individual officers and police departments as a whole.

“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,” 16-year-old Ima Christian — who created the app with siblings Caleb, 14, and Asha, 15 — told Business Insider, explaining the inspiration behind the program. “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 also includes a “know your rights” section, complete with information from the American Civil Liberties Union. The teens credit their coding knowledge to participating in programs through MIT’s +K12, Scratch, CodeAcademy and AppInventor.

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  • These kids are amazing! I’m downloading the app!

  • omfg

    This is exactly where/how a lot of our energy should be used.

    So, these kids have coding, marketing, leadership, design and organizing skills.


    They need help with writing though.

  • I echo every else’s sentiments. These kids are innovative, smart, and they are great activists. This app not only can document police brutality, but it can educate people on their rights, and establish other services that can be beneficial to communities. I send my respect to all of them.

  • Mary Burrell

    Well in tis day and time this kind of thing is needed. Kudos to them they are gifted and talented, i hope they are successful.