As of today, there has been 848 police involved shootings and/or police involved deaths, which is in part why Brandon Anderson created the Raheem.ai chatbox.
Raheem.ai tracks people’s interactions with the police, allowing them to leave a review the way they would on Yelp or Amazon. The program is accessible through Facebook Messenger on smart devices or through the company’s website.
Anderson became involved in community organizing after his partner was killed during a traffic stop gone bad in Oklahoma City in 200. The police thought his partner, whose name Anderson would not share out of respect for the man’s family, had stolen a car. The events forced Anderson to reveal his sexuality to his superiors, so that he could take an emergency leave from the army. He then began working with other veterans who were dismissed due to their sexuality and seeking honorable discharges. Later he would begin to lead discussions about police brutality.
With the help of Silicon Valley accelerator, Fast Forward, and the My Brothers Keeper initiative, Anderson obtained funding to start Raheem.ai. Not only does Raheem.ai store the interactions, but it also helps law enforcement spot areas of improvement.
In an interview with CNBC, Anderson stated, “”We created this to allow city governments and different agencies to measure the performance of law enforcement through the perspectives and lived experiences of real people, especially people of color,” Anderson said. “At the same time, we want to give data to organizations on the ground to help them unify around particular policy recommendations.”
The chatbox is still in its beta stage and being tested with the East Bay Community Law Center in Berkeley, California and some police departments Anderson could not disclose at the time, but he hopes to expand nationally.
Learn more about Raheem.ai.