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April 13, 2022 Legal Rebels

TurnSignl app seeks to provide real-time legal assistance and de-escalation of tension during traffic stops

By Victor Li

Like many Americans, Jazz Hampton and two of his friends, Andre Creighton and Mychal Frelix, watched in horror as two fellow Minnesotans, Philando Castile and George Floyd, were killed by police officers following what seemed to be routine traffic stops. If only there had been a way to de-escalate those situations while protecting the rights of the person detained, as well as the law enforcement officer involved. So they came up with one.

TurnSignl is a mobile app designed to, essentially, put an attorney in the car with anyone who gets pulled over. Users get real-time assistance from a trained local lawyer who can help de-escalate the situation while protecting a user’s rights. The app also records a user’s interaction with the police. This is all to ensure that everyone, users and police officers, feel safe and comfortable.

TurnSignl recently won the Startup Alley competition at the ABA Techshow 2022 and is currently available in Minnesota, Georgia and California.

In this new episode of the Legal Rebels Podcast, Hampton talks about how TurnSignl works; the benefits of using the app for users, lawyers and police officers; and his plans for the future.

In This Podcast

Jazz Hampton

Jazz Hampton is the CEO and general counsel at TurnSignl, a Minnesota-based tech company that provides real-time legal guidance from an attorney to drivers, all while a camera records the interaction. Hampton is on the board of directors at the Academy of Holy Angels and is the liaison to its cultural awareness committee. He is also on the board of directors for Spare Key and the board of directors for Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. This year, he was named to the Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” for 2022. He is also a member of the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain’s philanthropic advisory council. Before joining TurnSignl, Hampton was the director of diversity and inclusion and a practicing attorney at Foley & Mansfield, a national law firm with 150-plus attorneys.