A step towards creating an impartial, comprehensive, and searchable national database of people killed during interactions with law enforcement.

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The data is available for download right here. Just go under File > Download as > pick a format. We recommend downloading as csv. It wouldn’t hurt any to read our caveats here. A quick word about the data: At over 22,000 records, it’s tempting to consider this a comprehensive dataset. It’s not. We haven’t even completed the first draft of the set—with four states, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana and Tennessee left to complete—which was never intended to do anything except identify the names, demographic information, dates and locales of the dead and to give us direction for categories that needed further research. It is our intention to go deeper in areas we’ve identified, but this is still a first draft and should be recognized as such.


“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


Every donation keeps us running. You can do a great part in effecting change by donating to FatalEncounters.


Founder’s Note:

Hello. Our efforts to collect information about officer-involved deaths going back to January 1, 2000, is completely funded by donations. Today, August 28, 2017, we’ve got 22,090 records of people killed during police interactions in the database. We’re about 91 percent of the way to the total. We hope to have a complete first draft in fall 2017. Please donate here.

Thank you,
D. Brian