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Ima, Caleb, and Asha Christian, who are 14, 15, and 16 years-old, are siblings from Decatur, Georgia, who recently created an app, Five-O, which can empower its users to help squelch the ongoing epidemic of police brutality. Sadly, an app like this is greatly needed in a country where, according to recent data analysis by USA Today,
Nearly two times a week in the United States, a white police officer killed a black person during a seven-year period ending in 2012, according to the most recent accounts of justifiable homicide reported to the FBI.
The teens spoke to Buzzfeed about what inspired them to create the app,
“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.”
“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 actually the third app the siblings have created under their company, Pinetart, Inc. They learned to code by using several sources including Code Academy and MIT’s Scratch, as well taking courses at Georgia Tech and Emory University.
The app is currently available in the Google Play store and will be coming to the iPhone App store soon. It’s in Beta, so please download and share your feedback with the teens in order to help them improve the app.