New York, NY – RealFlex App is launching a solution to provide immediate help to citizens involved in police encounters. The app will allow for live video chat with attorneys who’ll be delivering advice to the citizen and communicating directly with officers.
Laron Duncan, a New York State Licensed Real Estate Broker, co-developed the app. “If someone gets pulled over by the cops,” Duncan says, they’ll be able to go into their app and get a live video chat of their attorney to interact with the officer about the situation in real time.”
“It’s important to announce this on Juneteenth,” he says, “Especially given the highly-publicized deaths just recently of Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, not to mention countless others.”
Duncan adds, “We don’t see it as a panacea, but it is a significant step in raising accountability in situations so they don’t have to end in the use of deadly force.”
RealFlex, which will be air-dropped on July 4th – Independence Day – comes at no cost. “We’re going to raise the funds to compensate the lawyers in our directory,” Duncan says, “The citizen gets the initial 30 minutes for free.” Beyond that, if the citizen requires legal representation, RealFlex will offer referrals to pro bono or discounted legal providers.
RealFlex will not only apply to police stops. People can use it for virtually any situation requiring legal advice, such as real estate transactions, business contract reviews, and other negotiations.
George Floyd, 46, died after being handcuffed on the street in the custody of the Minneapolis police on Memorial Day. A 10-minute cell phone video of the encounter showed former Officer Derek Chauvin holding his knee on the back of Mr. Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds while Mr. Floyd repeatedly gasped, “I can’t breathe.” He and the three other officers on the scene all face criminal charges.
Earlier this month, Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by Atlanta police. The officer who killed Brooks has been fired and now faces 11 charges including felony murder. The other officer on the scene is facing three charges, including aggravated assault. There is video footage of Brooks being kicked by officers while on the ground after being shot twice in the back.
Protests around the country demanding justice for Mr. Floyd and others are sparking responses. Local governments in Minneapolis and elsewhere are considering de-funding police departments. Corporations are declaring their allegiance to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Statues of historical figures, including Confederate commanders, slave traders and Christopher Columbus, have been toppled in the U.S. and around the world.
Duncan says, “I’ve been a victim of police brutality. I’ve been a victim of the system. I’ve been a victim of being a Black man in America.”