“#KilledByCops is an interactive map that chronicles and visualizes a humanizing, detailed, but far-from-complete perspective on the massive scale of police killings nationwide. And since fewer than 5% of law enforcement agencies in the country currently provide information on police killings, a comprehensive data collection of and a national conversation about police homicides in the United States is desperately needed.
One hope for the project is that better data collection and transparency will lead to further accountability for officers who violate human and civil rights — particularly of Black youth and adults — who are overwhelmingly the victims of police abuse and violence. The data for this map is crowd sourced from FatalEncounters.org, an impartial, comprehensive and searchable national database of people killed during interactions with law enforcement.
The recent bill passed by Congress calling for the collection of nationwide data on police killings is a major step forward towards greater transparency, but as of today, there is no federal database on police use of force. And, according to the data that is public, police kill Black Americans at nearly the same rate as Jim Crow Era lynchings. We need widespread public pressure and engagement to ensure that the government collects this data in a way that leads to swift, real world change and police accountability — now.”
Click the link to see and interact with the USA map which is both startling and sobering. This cannot go on and every American who cares about not being gunned down by our own police should get involved with applying pressure to local and federal officials to address this out of control assault by law enforcement on American lives and civil liberties.