This database contains records of people who’ve been killed through interactions with law enforcement since Jan. 1, 2000. At about 78 percent of its eventual size, it’s approaching comprehensive. We anticipate completion of the national database by spring 2017.
We believe we include complete records for these 38 states back to 2000: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, 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 are too poorly reported in the media to result in accurate 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.
Here’s how the database works: Users can search from seven criteria. First is the name search. It’s a separate function from the rest of the search criteria, but occasionally someone may want to find an individual who was killed by police. Just type in the last name and hit “submit;” you don’t need to put in a state or any other information.
Users can search by state, then, in order, they can winnow down the result by county, year, age, race or signs of 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 select “Nevada” then “all” and “Submit;” for county, “all” and “Submit;” for year, etc. When they got to mental illness, they’d select “yes” and click “Submit.” We’ve also added a national search at the bottom of the states drop-down menu. Beware, though, calling up more than 18,000 records will crash some older browsers.
For volunteers, please, please, check the last name 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.