The holidays are here and that means law enforcement will be out heavy, which brings us to an article out of @blackyouthproject that I have several conflicting thoughts about. George Hofstetter, a 17 yr old young man and high school student, has created an app called #CopStop that he hopes will keep African American children safe during police encounters. George recently told The Root that he doesn't want his little brother growing "up in a world where he doesn't have to worry about being on the news as an African American child being slain."
"During a police stop, a user can engage the app to text a list of the user’s friends and family. It also allows the user to film the interaction and uploads the interaction, in full, to a database. The technology is a civilian-friendly alternative to body cameras that police often turn on and off to skew the footage.
The high school student hopes to release the app before this year concludes. After that, he plans to study computer science and counseling psychology in college, according to his website. His innovative thinking will help whichever institution is lucky enough to land him."
Here are my thoughts... I love seeing a young black man enter the tech world, which definitely needs more diversity. However I just hate that we are at a point where citizens need an app to feel safe -- from those that are supposed to be keeping us safe. But POCs know situations often don't work out that way and so here we are... I think the texting function is really clever. I hope this young man achieves all his goals and hopefully this app will be a tool not only for citizens to keep tabs on law enforcement, but also a tool law enforcement can use to learn more about the citizens they're working for. Something's gotta change! What do y'all think?