This database contains records of people who’ve been killed through interactions with law enforcement since Jan. 1, 2000. At about 60 percent of its eventual size, it’s far from comprehensive. We anticipate completion of the national database by December 2016.
We believe we include complete records for these 25 states back to 2000: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont and Wyoming. We consider the years 2013, 2014 and 2015 complete, although sometimes incidents that weren’t previously reported in the media crop up because of lawsuits or other reasons. Government data also suggests that vehicular deaths are often not reported in news media, so our data may understate that total. We don’t suggest analysis outside the three 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: race, disposition and mental state. 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 12,000 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.