The Counted is a project by the Guardian that is attempting to track the number of people killed by law enforcement in the United States. The Guardian is using its own reports, and verified crowdsourced information to gather facts and statistics about the people and their deaths at the hands of police.
This year to date, 563 people have been killed by police in the United States. Oklahoma has the highest number of law enforcement killings per capita, while California and Texas hold the top spots for actual number of people killed by police this year.
The US government has no comprehensive record of the number of people killed by law enforcement. This lack of basic data has been glaring amid the protests, riots and worldwide debate set in motion by the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014.
Before stepping down as US attorney general earlier this year, Eric Holder described the prevailing situation on data collection as “unacceptable”.
The Counted also has a Facebook Group to facilitate discussion of the issues around police killings in the United States.
Police forces in the USA and Canada exist to “Serve and Protect” the populations in which they operate. This important project by the Guardian puts recent events in the USA into context by revealing the shocking number of people killed by law enforcement.