Better data (and common sense) can end police brutality

How activism has led to better data regarding police brutality.

  • The federal government doesn't collect information about police killings in any systemic way. What this means is that we can't actually tell you, as a hard fact, how many people were killed last year.
  • McKesson and his fellow Black Lives Matter organizers have created Mapping Police Violence to create a single-stop database with the most comprehensive data about police killings.
  • When it comes to filing complaints against officers, many states have policies in place that make it quite difficult for them to be held accountable.