Fatal Encounters

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

An acquittal feels like a full circle

Support Fatal Encounters Donate Today! I’ve just got a short message today. Today is our last day for this crowdfunding campaign. We’ve got about 14 hours left. I’ve said this before, but I guess it’s … Read more

Manufacturing justification

Support Fatal Encounters Donate Today! In my last few posts, I’ve written about the formulaic ways news media cover police killed by people and people killed by police. These formulas allow police to predict and … Read more

How the media misleads on police violence Part 1

Support Fatal Encounters Donate Today! I’m sometimes surprised–but not really–by how little we know about police-involved violence and death in this country. I’m going to share some thoughts on the topic. They probably won’t change … Read more

Life and Death in Draft Form

Support Fatal Encounters Donate Today! Reporters occasionally ask me why I call our spreadsheet a first draft. Believe me, they ask it less than I’d prefer, and I’m glad to answer when they do. Simply put, when … Read more

Breaking News: Tasers, Death and Race

Support Fatal Encounters Donate Today! Did you see the great story by Reuters, “The Toll“? This is exactly how our data is supposed to work. We collect the data, and other news outlets move it forward, … Read more

On fatigue and government sleight of hand

Support Fatal Encounters Donate Today! The United States is sick to death of hearing about people being killed by police. This isn’t just my opinion, it’s based on things like the number of news stories … Read more

Please allow me to tell you a story

Support Fatal Encounters Donate Today! I want to tell you a story. It’s sort of an “inside baseball” story, but maybe it’ll help you to understand that I’m not heading up the Fatal Encounters project because I … Read more

Lead Researcher Walt Lockley Speaks Up

On June 2, 2015, U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the Police Reporting Information, Data, and Evidence Act of 2015.  Co-sponsors were Sens. Al Franken (D-MN), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Barbara … Read more

How to research the FBI data

This is a post for those who are researching the anonymized data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report. It’s on the FBI Data Tab at the bottom of the master Fatal Encounters from Web sheet (second … Read more

Shocking police homicide percentages

I saw that Charles Davis of Vice wrote that the Youth Justice Coalition found that “Each year, from 3 to 8 percent of all homicides are committed by members of the Los Angeles Police Department or the Los Angeles … Read more