The Invaluable Police Shootings Database Created by “The Washington Post”

Police shootings have been one of America’s focal points in recent years and many have decried the lack of information and transparency from law enforcement agencies. The Washington Post decided to do something about it and created the first national police shootings database. Frustratingly, the numbers reveal important truths that should not have been obscured or hidden in a democracy: 1) More than double the annual police shootings reported by the FBI. 2) Nearly a quarter of victims were suffering a mental health crisis. 3) Unarmed black men were seven times more likely to die in a police shooting than white men. This is the oral history of important journalism being done.

Inside the Washington Post’s police shootings database: An oral history, 12.16.15