Counting people killed by police

Posted to Data Sources  |  Tags: , ,  |  Nathan Yau

The US government doesn’t keep a complete record of fatal shootings by police, but with recent events, it’s become increasingly obvious why such data is important. So instead of waiting, the Guardian built their own database.

The database will combine Guardian reporting with verified crowdsourced information to build a more comprehensive record of such fatalities. The Counted is the most thorough public accounting for deadly use of force in the US, but it will operate as an imperfect work in progress — and will be updated by Guardian reporters and interactive journalists as frequently and as promptly as possible.

In May 2015 alone, the data counts 80 people.

Search and filter to areas of interest. Or, download the data.


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