This app lets people leave reviews of police officers—it’s like Yelp for police.
“You know, we’re always rating our food. We’re always rating the drivers who take us home,” Sennett Devermont said. “But what about the people who work for us to protect and serve us?”
Devermont, better known as “Mr. Checkpoint,” encourages his 155,000 Instagram followers to film both negative and positive police encounters.
“So it’s #AFTP, Always Film The Police,” he explained. “I think we traditionally know FTP as ‘f*ck the police,’ but the most productive and positive way that we can, as I would say, f*ck bad officers and expose good officers for what good they do, is to always film the police.”
Devermont receives hundreds of police videos a day. After learning that police in Southern California, where he lived, were allegedly using DUI checkpoints to target Latinx drivers, he started using Twitter to share where the checkpoints were. In 2013 he posted his own encounter with police on YouTube in which he was wrongfully arrested and jailed for refusing to take a field sobriety test.
Mr. Checkpoint’s following grew as video evidence of police brutality started to play a larger role in high-profile cases like Eric Garner and Alton Sterling.
Devermont launched a GoFundMe to raise $15,000 for app development.