It began simply enough. Commuting home from my work at Reno’s alt-weekly newspaper, theNews & Review, on May 18, 2012, I drove past the aftermath of a police shooting—in this case,that of a man named Jace Herndon. It was a chaotic scene, and I couldn’t help but wonder how often it happened.
I went home and grabbed my laptop and a glass of wine and tried to find out. I found nothing—a failure I simply chalked up to incompetent local media.
A few months later I read about the Dec. 6, 2012, killing of a naked and unarmed 18-year-old college student, Gil Collar, by University of South Alabama police. The killing had attracted national coverage—The New York Times, the Associated Press, CNN—but there was still no context being provided—no figures examining how many people are killed by police.
I started to search in earnest. Nowhere could I find out how many people died during interactions with police in the United States. Try as I might, I just couldn’t wrap my head around that idea. How was it that, in the 21st century, this data wasn’t being tracked, compiled, and made available to the public? How could journalists know if police were killing too many people in their town if they didn’t have a way to compare to other cities? Hell, how could citizens or police? How could cops possibly know “best practices” for dealing with any fluid situation? They couldn’t.
The bottom line was that I found the absence of such a library of police killings offensive. And so I decided to build it.
a comment on the article:
past year, 33 police officers were killed by firearms, where as the amount of “justifiable homicides” by police is over 300. In Seattle in 2012, 20% of the homicides in the entire city that year were committed by police officers. That’s fucked and that’s institutional.
"I don’t see race. I don’t care if you’re black, white, blue, green, orange, purple, chartreuse, chanteuse, green moose, guava juice, giant snake, birthday cake, large fries, chocolate shake!"
That was supposed to be just a quick and simple mermaid drawing, but then I did a background. What’s gotten into me?!
More black mermaids, please. ^_^
Someone needs to send this to Nicole Beharie…
Holy shit this is badass
Oms she’s a slayer
if I ever get into a fight can I call her
Fuck the police (;
Some more shit only white folk can do.
SOME MORE SHIT ONLY WHITE FOLK CAN DO.
Bolded for truth.
i was thinking the same thing