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995 people were fatally shot by police in 2018
There were in 2019 than in 2018.
Fatal police shootings by year
Where the 2019 shootings took place
Each marks the location of a deadly shooting.
Shootings per million people
The Post's reporting on fatal police shootingsMonths after a fatal police shooting, a young officer turns his gun on himself Dec. 19, 2018 Fatal police shootings of unarmed people have significantly declined, experts say May 7, 2018 Nationwide, police shot and killed nearly 1,000 people in 2017 Jan. 6, 2018 In two years, police killed 86 people brandishing guns that look real — but aren’tDec. 18, 2016 In fatal shootings by police, 1 in 5 officers’ names go undisclosed April 1, 2016
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The Washington Post's database contains records of every fatal shooting in the United States by a police officer in the line of duty since Jan. 1, 2015.
In 2015, The Post began tracking more than a dozen details about each killing — including the race of the deceased, the circumstances of the shooting, whether the person was armed and whether the person was experiencing a mental-health crisis — by culling local news reports, law enforcement websites and social media, and by monitoring independent databases such as Killed by Police and Fatal Encounters. The Post conducted additional reporting in many cases.
The Post is documenting only those shootings in which a police officer, in the line of duty, shoots and kills a civilian — the circumstances that most closely parallel the 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., which began the protest movement culminating in Black Lives Matter and an increased focus on police accountability nationwide. The Post is not tracking deaths of people in police custody, fatal shootings by off-duty officers or non-shooting deaths.
The FBI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention log fatal shootings by police, but officials acknowledge that their data is incomplete. Since 2015, The Post has documented more than twice as many fatal shootings by police as recorded on average annually.
The Post’s database is updated regularly as fatal shootings are reported and as facts emerge about individual cases. The Post seeks to make the database as comprehensive as possible. To provide information about fatal police shootings since Jan. 1, 2015, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Design and development by John Muyskens
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