Fatal Encounters

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


On this site, there are several tools to enable journalists, law enforcement and others to help build this database.

Google Sheet

This link takes you to the Google Sheet that contains the complete Fatal Encounters dataset. Go under File > Download > Comma-separated values. We recommend comma-separated values because the variety of scripts we use internally make errors when they’re downloaded as Excel docs.

Database of the dead

This tool allows people to analyze many different aspects of police-related deaths.

Download as csv

This tool allows people to download the results for smaller searches. The results don’t contain all the datapoints that are contained on the main Google Sheet.

Law enforcement database

This tool allows people who wish to make written public records requests to choose a state and/or a county and get a mailing list of all the state and local law enforcement in that locale. All 17,986 state and local law enforcement agencies are in this database.

Submit fatal encounters

This form allows people to upload corrections or notify us about omitted incidents of fatal encounters with police.