|an example of the visualizations generated by the new Washington Post site showing shootings per month in 2015|
To create a comprehensive record, The Post is soliciting information on shootings, including “videos of fatal encounters with police,” from the public. The data set is updated regularly and available for download on GitHub however users are able to sort the data using various attributes within the webpage. This allows the public to focus on even more specific demographics (including race, mental illness, age). Below are examples of the graphics generated when one filters to look at just victims who were identified as Black (140 of 558 victims as of the time of writing).
The Post has limited the scope of the database to include “only shootings in which a police officer, while on duty, shot and killed a civilian... The Post is not tracking deaths of people in custody, fatal shootings by off-duty officers or deaths in which police gunfire did not kill the individual.” Since the launch of the report on June 30th of this year, 90 people have been shot and killed by on-duty police officers.
|map created by Vox of people killed by police from 2000-April 2015|
|above map by Fatal Encounters Researchers showing areas of poverty (red) along side reported police related deaths|