The data cited in this video comes from two sources:
- FatalEncounters.org, a project dedicated to “creating an impartial, comprehensive and searchable national database of people killed during interactions with law enforcement”
- iCasualities.org, which “documents coalition causalities for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom”
Without question, the Fatal Encounters folks are doing some good work. They are making transparent the number of people killed by police. That tragic figure is not documented — or at least not made public — by those at the so-called Department of Justice or any other “law enforcement” outfit.
While the video above mentions only those slain in 2013 (1,198) and 2014 (1,234), Fatal Encounters tracks killings back to 2000.
Though an entry made to the site last month notes that their work is only about 42% complete, they’ve already documented 8,014 deaths. With such an astronomical figure, it’s not too surprising that those who claim to “protect and serve” have not been too forthcoming about their dismal level of “customer service.”
If you value the work of Fatal Encounters consider helping them through a donation – they have a Paypal and accept Bitcoin. Or you can help by making their database more robust – through public record requests, by submitting new incidents and by finding additional details for existing entries.