FATAL ENCOUNTERS

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


  • Database & Name Check


This database contains records of people who’ve been killed through interactions with law enforcement since Jan. 1, 2000. At about 94 percent of its eventual size, it’s approaching comprehensive. We anticipate first-draft completion of the national database by summer 2017.

We believe we include complete records for these 45 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, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin 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.