July 2016
Philando Castile

The first murder that sparked Elizabeth Richardson's desire to intervene in police stops - before they could turn deadly.

Early 2020
Ahmaud Arbery
Breonna Taylor
George Floyd

These back-to-back murders reignited Elizabeth's call to deliver a tool anyone can use during a contact with police in hopes of saving a life. While it wouldn't have helped Arbery or Taylor, it might have made a difference for Floyd.

Summer 2020
Global Pandemic
Nationwide Protests

COVID-19 introduced video conferencing as a part of everyday life, and Black Lives Matter protests put mistreatment by police center stage nationwide.

August 2020
Co-Founder Added

After several months of consulting, Elizabeth invites John McCarley to join as co-founder.

Late 2020
DispatchJustice Incorporated

On November 13, 2020, we officially incorporated DispatchJustice in Arkansas - Headquartered in Little Rock and a second office in Dallas.

January 2021
Product Roadmap

We decided on a three-phased focused product roadmap after consulting with potential users, law enforcement, attorneys, community members and analyzing all the ideas on the table.

May 2021
Beta Testing Begins

With a fully functional MVP in hand, we opened beta testing to the public.

Summer 2021
Launch in Pulaski County

As soon as beta testing is complete, we will first launch DispatchJustice in Pulaski County then expand into Central Arkansas.

Fall 2021
Expand Statewide

Once we feel confident in our operations in Central Arkansas, we will open access across the state of Arkansas.

2021 & Beyond
Growth & Expansion to New Markets

Our nationwide waiting list is open (Join It Here) and as demand grows, we will assess new markets accordingly.

How it started.

In 2016, police shot and killed Philando Castile reaching for his ID. “No one should die while trying to comply with officers,” our founder said. "If a person stopped by the police could say their attorney is on the way, I’ll wait for him to arrive before I speak to you,” that it might deescalate the situation. First finding inspiration from companies like OnStar and even LifeAlert, she thought a panic button could connect a dispatcher to the caller.

Elizabeth kept countless notes, and her idea would evolve in the years following Philando Castille’s murder and the preventable deaths of too many others. Then, finally, in 2020, she was jolted into action by the back-to-back murders of Ahmaud Arbery, then Breonna Taylor, then George Floyd.

Just as the world stopped for the COVID-19 pandemic, Elizabeth was venturing into solo practice. Protests were flaring, and she decided to share her vision with others. First, with an innovator in the legal field who loved it and validated that Elizabeth was headed in the right direction. Video messaging became part of everyday life and coincidentally made building DispatchJustice more feasible. Additionally, using video allows us to serve more members in more locations and do it safer - mitigating risks for the attorneys, members, and law enforcement.

After a month of consulting with John McCarley on the go-to-market strategy, Elizabeth invited him to join as co-founder, and in August 2020 the two formed DispatchJustice. 

The two agree DispatchJustice is a stop-gap to help create barriers to unnecessary entry into the criminal justice system. An employee shouldn’t miss a day of work due to a data entry error or because he/she can’t afford $1500 bail. The cost of unnecessary incarceration not only hurts society and family units but also negatively impacts the economy. Employers invest heavily in people capital to hire and train employees and shouldn’t need to hire new ones because of a broken criminal justice system. 

If nothing else, DispatchJustice offers equal justice and advocacy for our members during a critical moment of need. 

Our dedicated team

Elizabeth L. H. Richardson

Co-Founder
Elizabeth L. H. Richardson

John S. McCarley

Co-Founder and Chief Nerd
John S. McCarley

Elizabeth M. Prenger

Community Relations and Master Wordsmith
Elizabeth M. Prenger