FATAL ENCOUNTERS

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


  • The

    Database & Name Check


This database contains records of people who’ve been killed through interactions with law enforcement since Jan. 1, 2000. At about 91 percent of its eventual size, it’s approaching comprehensive. We anticipate first-draft completion of the national database by spring 2017.

We believe we include complete records for these 42 states back to 2000: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wyoming. We consider the years 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 complete, although sometimes incidents that weren’t previously reported in the media (or that we missed) crop up because of lawsuits, new media reports or other reasons. Government data also suggests that vehicular deaths are often not reported in news media, so our data may understate that total (outside of 2013-14, which include the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data from USA Today). We don’t suggest national analysis outside the four complete years, and there are several data points that we know need more clarification on our part to result in meaningful results for analysis: disposition and mental state. The racial data is pretty spotty prior to 2013. To add incidents that aren’t in the database, please use the upload form. If you spot an error, please let us know through the corrections form.

After you’ve read the above caveats, the data in a spreadsheet is right here for download. Or you can use our clunky interface below for simple analysis.

Here’s how the database works: Users can search from eight criteria: name, city, state, county, year, age, race, and mental illness. If someone wanted to search for all the people in Nevada who were killed by police and who showed signs of mental illness, they’d type “Nevada” then sort by “Mental Illness” by ” Desc.” and “Search”, etc. Some extra examples; for all Henry’s in California type “Henry” and sort by State, for all with Mental Illness just type “Yes” and “Search. Beware, though, calling up more than 19,000 records will crash some older browsers.

For volunteers, please, please, check the a few details here before you start inputting data. Just the last name, no state necessary. You guys work so hard, I hate to throw out somebody’s work because the incident is already in the database.