Teen Siblings Develop App to Hold Police Accountable


Asha, Caleb and Ima Christian are three siblings from Decatur, Georgia who collaborated to develop an app that helps people rate and document their police encounters. They founded a company named Pinetart and developed Five-O, an app designed to be a tool to empower communities to stop police brutality and abuse.

The app is sort of like Rate-a-Cop but with a lot more interactive features to give a community the tools it needs to identify issues with police and document them. Via Pinetart (h/t Feministing)

Five-O, allows citizens to enter the details of every interaction with a police officer. It also allows them to rate that officer in terms of courtesy and professionalism and provides the ability to enter a short description of what transpired. These details are captured for every county in the United States. Citizen race and age information data is also captured. Additionally, Five-O allows citizens to store the details of each encounter with law enforcement; this provides convenient access to critical information needed for legal action or commendation.

“In addition to putting more power into the hands of citizens when interacting with law enforcement, we believe that highly rated police departments should be used as models for those that fail at providing quality law enforcement services”, said Pinetart co-founder Ima Christian, a Parkview High School senior. The app is available now for IOS and Androd, according to their YouTube page:

Citizens can share their good and bad experiences with their local law enforcement officers. Everyone will be able to check out the local ratings for your community. Organize to improve relations and store and retrieve all interactions so they’ll be available if / when needed.

The Pinetart team also have two more apps in the work. To get the app, visit their website.

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