This database contains records of people who’ve been killed through interactions with law enforcement since Jan. 1, 2000. At about 36 percent of its eventual size, it’s far from comprehensive. It includes the incidents for which we’ve compiled the most complete information from media sources and public documents.
Wyoming, District of Columbia, North Carolina, Florida, Montana, South Dakota, Oregon, New York, Nevada, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine are the states for which all the incidents for which we’ve found records have been added to the database. 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 5,000 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. Also, we’ve added another way to check. Just go here and follow the instructions.