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After A Year Of Reckoning, TurnSignl Creates An App To Protect Citizens During Police Interactions

The social reckoning that sparked a national conversation around police brutality and racial justice last year became part of the origin story for many companies and their initiatives. Much of this was in response to George Floyd’s murder that occurred in Minneapolis, MN and as a result, three men living in the center of this movement decided to take matters into their own hands to help protect their communities. Late last year, Mychal Frelix, Andre Creighton and Jazz Hampton — co-founders of TurnSignl — left their corporate jobs to develop an idea around an app that protects both drivers and police officers during routine traffic stops by recording interactions that are guided by a lawyer on-call in real time. The app was developed in conjunction with both local Minnesota police chiefs and attorneys to help advise on the best way for this technology to exist. The premise of the app is to ultimately make these interactions less intense by giving all parties involved a level of...

Jun 18, 2021

How This 19-Year-Old Turned A College Project Into A Useful Invention To Save Black Lives

Year after year police brutality and excessive force has taken the lives of Black individuals sparking Black parents across the globe to have “the talk” with their children before they even learn how to drive. For David Price, conversations with his parents about interactions with the police if he were to get pulled over for a traffic stop, led him to wonder if there was anything on the market that could help facilitate those interactions and prevent those stops from going left. “My parents have always been extremely transparent with my sisters and me about driving and just interacting with law enforcement and just how to act in general,” shared Price in an interview with AfroTech. “I did some research and didn’t find anything on the market that I really liked or thought would be safe for both officers and drivers, and that’s when I came up with the concept of The Safety Pouch.” It wasn’t until two years later that Price pursued his idea for The Safety Pouch after fate would land...

Apr 16, 2021

This Black-Owned Tech Company Aims to Prevent Police Brutality Through Its Mobile App MyOneOne

This technology company is on a mission to prevent police brutality. According to Black Business, WestMason — a Black-owned, design and development studio based in Orlando — announced the launch of its first mobile app, MyOneOne. The new mobile experience — now available on Android and iOS — will provide a personal security network made up of the friends and families of its users. Due to the problem of minorities who are constantly over-policed and far too often persecuted in their own homes and neighborhood, MyOneOne will give them the opportunity to not only protect themselves but their loved ones too.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by MyOneOne (@myoneoneapp) When in danger, users of the app can quickly alert their lifeline and livestream directly from their device. The platform also has a location and chat option and leverages current and future technology to form a community that looks out for itself — something it says previous security applications don’t do....

Mar 26, 2021

Tell Siri You're Getting Pulled Over and It Will Auto-Record the Interaction

Tech is proving to be savvier for consumers these days, especially as it relates to any encounters with law enforcement. In light of the ongoing protests and incidents with police officers, CNN reported that a popular iPhone shortcut will now auto-record any interactions you may have with the police. Apparently iphones have a police shortcut link and it does a bunch of things when you tell Siri you're pulled over…? This is REALLY important if it's legit, all my iphone ppl need to watch this and share. — DesiBae aka Big Horchata (@sarcasticstyle) June 10, 2020 The shortcut, created by Reddit user Robert Peterson , will send a message with your location to a friend or family member and automatically start recording a video with the simple command, “Hey Siri, I’m getting pulled over,” CNET reports . In 2018, Peterson told Business Insider the purpose of the app was to mimic the same functions of body cams stating, “It seemed to me that if you’re getting...

Jun 22, 2020 Honors Over 100 Black Lives Lost to Police Violence on Homepage

Popular website recently made a powerful statement on its homepage that Black lives matter. In place of the rankings of babies and photos, the site features a black message box naming over 100 Black people whose lives were lost as a result of fatal police brutality. The gesture is in response to current protests for racial justice following the death of George Floyd . ok baby names dot com go off — bijan (@bijanstephen) June 9, 2020 “Each one of these names was somebody’s baby,” the collapsible message reads. “ stands in solidarity with the black community.” The list names Emmitt Till, who was beaten to death at 14, along with other well-known victims, including Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner , Sandra Bland, Michael Brown , Tamir Rice , Trayvon Martin, Botham Jean, and Philando Castile . founder Jennifer Moss, who considers herself an ally, spoke with HuffPost about the company statement. “I saw the names listed on...

Jun 10, 2020

These Two Engineers Are Using Tech To Track Victims Of Police Shootings

This article was originally published on 05/03/2019 Over the past few years, the issue of police violence disproportionately impacting Black and brown communities has made its way back into conversations among politicians and the mainstream media. From Ferguson to Baltimore to the Movement for Black Lives, communities have continued protesting against fatal police shootings. However, the sheer number of deaths can make it almost impossible to keep track of everything. According to Mapping Police Violence , police killed 1,147 people in 2017, and Black people made up 25% of the victims. The following year, there were only 23 days where someone wasn’t killed by the police. Gathering information on every individual case would be nearly impossible for just one person. That’s why founders Rachel Green and Mark Nyon developed End Bias (EB) Wiki , a crowd-sourced wiki on Github containing information about people of color that die as a result of police action. “Our goal is to provide a...

May 3, 2019