Fatal Encounters

"No one anywhere comprehensively tracks the most significant act police can do in the line of duty: take a life,” according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal in its series Deadly Force (Nov. 28, 2011).

The nation's approximately 18,000 police agencies are expected to submit specified categories of crime statistics every year to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting program. But inclusion of justifiable homicides is optional.


Map of police shootings in NYC. Click on a marker to read the story of each incident.


Number of police shooting incidents in NYC from 1971 to 2013. Click and drag on the chart to zoom.


Racial breakdown of those killed by police shootings.

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