This database contains the incidents for which the most complete information has been compiled from media sources and public documents. It corresponds to the information on the top map. It only includes about one-sixth of the incidents collected thus far, but it grows as information is added.
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. Please feel free to add omissions or additions. There are other isolated pockets, for example, Ada County, Idaho; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Portland, Oregon; and Oakland, California that were complete up to February 27, 2014, when this site launched. It’s up to you to help me catalog new incidents.
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. 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.”
Please, please, check the last name here before you start inputting data. You guys work so hard, I hate to throw out somebody’s work because the incident is already in the database.