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30 August 2014

A Law Passed In 1994 Called Violent Cr

by Code Monkey

Plattner{.author-photo}Adam Plattner{.author} - 2014-08-30 18:52:03-0400[

A law passed in 1994 called “Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act” has a provision for collecting data on “use of excessive force by law enforcement officers” but it was left up to lower courts to define “excessive”.\ \ Now you have sites like fatalencounters.org{.ot-anchor .bidi_isolate} which overlay fatal shootings  data collected by news sites with google maps.\ \ \ \ \ \ #fatalencounters{.ot-hashtag .bidi_isolate}  

Originally shared by Allen Varney{.reshare-attribution}”I found the absence of such a library of police killings offensive. And so I decided to build it. I’m still building it. But I could use some help. You can find my growing database of deadly police violence here, at Fatal Encounters, and I invite you to go here, research one of the listed shootings, fill out the row, and change its background color. It’ll take you about 25 minutes. There are thousands to choose from, and another 2,000 or so on my cloud drive that I haven’t even added yet. After I fact-check and fill in the cracks, your contribution will be added to the largest database about police violence in the country.\ \ “The biggest thing I’ve taken away from this project is something I’ll never be able to prove, but I’m convinced to my core: The lack of such a database is intentional. No government – not the federal government, and not the thousands of municipalities that give their police forces license to use deadly force – wants you to know how many people it kills and why.” (Gawker):\ \ {.link-embed}

What I’ve Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings

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+1’d by: Helen Plattner, Matt McKnight