Two things inspired then-high school sophomore George Hofstetter to create an app that aims to prevent police brutality: the killing of Trayvon Martin and George’s worries for his younger brother’s future.
“I want him to grow up in a world where he doesn’t have to worry about being on the news as an African-American child being slain,” said George, 17.
He named his app CopStop, and it’s designed to educate young people about best practices for staying safe while interacting with the police. The app also includes an option to film interactions with law enforcement, which George believes can serve as a viable alternative to body cameras.
He hopes to release the app by the end of 2017.