Teen Siblings Create “Five-O” App to Document Police Activity


These three siblings are nothing short of inspiring. They’re parents can only be overjoyed to have these three as their children.

Via: MommyNoire

While some criticize the old ways of the Civil Rights Movement in today’s world, such as marching and protesting, there is a way that both the “old” and new can exist in order to fight for a better and safer tomorrow. In light of the multiple actions of police brutality across the nation a few teens put their hands and heads together to create “Five-O.”

The new app allows users to documents police interactions and share them with others.

“With Five-0, citizens will be able to track all of their interactions with law enforcement, view local department ratings, and organize community action,” noted a statement from the problem-solving teens.

When most kids are off still trying to enjoy the last bit of summer, three brothers and sisters from Decatur, Georgia built  Five-O in hopes to shed light on both the good and bad police departments. Meet 16-year-old Ima Christian a high school senior, 15-year-old Asha Christian HS sophomore and 14-year-old Caleb Christian HS freshman. The siblings stated that they discuss these important topics in the news with their family and that their parents often make sure they not only talk about the problem but also try to come up with a solution.

“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 told Business Insider. “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.”


With Five-O users can make a report of any incidents of police abuse, rate the officer and  the platform also offers community boards for counties. The reports and boards will supply a platform to collect data communities can bring to activists, the media, other law enforcers. Caleb stated this way would be no “he said, she said.”

But the app is not only serving as a place to document police interactions it is also serving as a resource, with a Know Your Rights section providing information from the American Civil Liberties Union.

Caleb, Ima and Asha participated in MIT’s k12 Scratch and App Inventor program. The teens mother and father both have backgrounds in technology and encouraged their children to learn JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and Java. These skills culminated in the formation of the siblings mobile application development company, Pinetart, Inc.

As of Monday August 18, a few socially conscious developers have reached to these techie teens to help their cause.

“We are happy to accept their help because we believe that in some small part, FIVE-O will be one of many tools needed to give community members a voice and to improve the relationship between law enforcement and various communities. We [teens] remain involved in every technical and design decision and will continue to do most of [not all] the work visible to our community. Please note that the demands to have a stable and secure data store that can handle the number of community members showing up is something every startup needs help with as it scales,” read the teens statement.