MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) Daunte Wright’s deadly encounter with police began with an escalating car stop.
A team from Minnesota wants to change that with a new mobile phone app.
When Jazz Hampton and his current business partners saw frequent car stops getting deadly over and over again in Minnesota, they couldn’t stand and watch.
“I was part of the marches, I was there, I was in services. I was involved in all of this, awareness there and we all came together and said, “But what can we do?” Hampton, CEO TurnSignl said.
So Hampton, an attorney, partnered with his friends, Mychal Frelix and Andre Creighton, to quit their corporate job and develop an app, TurnSignl, connecting drivers with local attorneys when they stop.
“When we get the attorney in the car, what we hope to do is it’s almost the same as if I were sitting in your passenger seat when you were pulled over,” says Hampton.
So if a driver is pulled over, they can either open the app or use voice command technology to say “Hey Siri, I’m being pulled” and the app will open and start recording in when connecting you with an attorney face through the screen.
The attorneys on the app are there to keep track of your civil rights and they are also trained to de-escalate.
“So let’s say they’re saying, ‘Hey, I need you to get out of the car.’ Your attorney might say, ‘Hey listen, they’ve seen x, y or z on your dashboard. That’s enough of a possible cause. You should follow their orders and get out of the car, ”says Hampton. “Or if they don’t, they might say, ‘Listen, this is a violation of your rights … but let’s keep everyone safe for the moment.'”
Hampton says TurnSignl Not a police reporting system.
He referred to it as an application to bridge the gap that had some approval stamps from the local sheriffs.
“When a cop approaches a car from TurnSignl, I want them to be more comfortable than at any other stop they approach,” says Hampton.
Last but not least, this TurnSignl bumper will give officers peace of mind and get everyone home safely.
“I personally can’t go out there and make legislative changes, but what I can do is help with the current situation,” says Hampton.
The app will launch next week in Minnesota. It will eventually be rolled out in Wisconsin and Washington, DC before expanding to other markets.
It costs $ 10 per month with options for those who can’t afford it.