“The nation’s leading law enforcement agency [FBI] collects vast amounts of information on crime nationwide, but missing from this clearinghouse are statistics on where, how often, and under what circumstances police use deadly force. In fact, no one anywhere comprehensively tracks the most significant act police can do in the line of duty: take a life,” according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal in its series Deadly Force (Nov. 28, 2011).
This site is founded upon the premise that Americans should have the ability to track that act.
Fatal Encounters intends to help create a database of all deaths through police interaction in the United States since Jan. 1, 2000. You can check to see how far we’ve gotten with your state here.
We don’t believe we’re a finished product; we’re just the first step toward creating an impartial, comprehensive and searchable national database of people killed during interactions with law enforcement. We expect other media organizations, law enforcement, universities, artists and activist groups will advance our work, and that’s why we let anyone use the data for any reason for free.
This site will remain as impartial and data-driven as possible, directed by the theory that Americans should be able to answer some simple questions about the use of deadly force by police: How many people are killed in interactions with law enforcement in the United States of America? Are they increasing? What do those people look like? Can policies and training be modified to have fewer officer-involved shootings and improve outcomes and safety for both officers and citizens?
D. Brian Burghart
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Hello. Our efforts to collect information about officer-involved deaths going back to January 1, 2000, is completely funded by donations. Today, March 8, 2017, we’ve got 19,341 records of people killed during police interactions in the database. We’re about 91 percent of the way to the total of what we think will be about 20,784 total records in spring 2017. Please donate here.