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The Counted: people killed by police in the United States in 2015 – interactive. The Counted is a special Guardian project to record all people killed by police in the United States this year.

The Counted: people killed by police in the United States in 2015 – interactive

We have gathered information from official databases and crowdsourced counts to create a full and detailed view of killings by law enforcement agents in the US. This page shows the names and, where possible, faces of those killed since January 1 2015, as well as other details about the manner of their deaths and the status of any investigations into the incidents. You can see these incidents mapped throughout the United States, and read more about the methodology of the project here. We are actively searching for more information about many of these cases. If you have anything you can share with us, you can send us details by clicking here and filling in the form. San Diego Cops Keep Forgetting to Turn Their Body Cameras On Before Killing People. San Diego, CA — All patrol officers employed by the San Diego Police Department are now required to carry body cameras – but they avoid falling prey to the dreaded “YouTube Effect” by simply refusing to activate them when they could be of greatest use.

San Diego Cops Keep Forgetting to Turn Their Body Cameras On Before Killing People

On two occasions during the past six months, police officers in San Diego have “failed” to activate their body cameras during incidents that eventually led to lethal force. This has led the department to revise its policy to require officers to activate their cameras “before traffic stops, field interviews, detentions, arrests, and any other `enforcement related contacts’ – as long as it’s safe to do so,” reports the San Diego Union Tribune. The “safety” exception, however, offers wide latitude for officers to avoid recording potentially lethal encounters. That request offers a powerful, if tacit, indictment of the discipline and professionalism of the San Diego PD’s rank and file.

Anecdotes

No-Knock Raids. Excited delirium deaths in police custody: Diagnosis or cover-up? Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters When Natasha McKenna was in police custody at the Fairfax County, Virginia, jail in February, the mentally ill woman was restrained by six deputies who, unable to subdue her, shocked her with a Taser.

Excited delirium deaths in police custody: Diagnosis or cover-up?

She died several days later. But as the Washington Post reported recently, when the Virginia medical examiner’s office ruled on the cause of death, the conclusion was that a rare and mysterious syndrome known as “excited delirium” had actually killed her, and not the Taser or the extreme force used by six officers against a woman suffering from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder who weighed just 130 pounds. The Pernicious Myth Of "If You Can Speak You Can Breathe" : ProtectAndServe. This is a phrase I heard Peter King say in the wake of Eric Garner's death and I feel it's something that everyone in our profession needs to be aware of.

The Pernicious Myth Of "If You Can Speak You Can Breathe" : ProtectAndServe

The myth of "If you can speak you can breathe". I know I have heard it said twice by officers I work with, whom I both corrected. One of them actually argued with me about it until I was able to get Fire and Rescue to tell them they are wrong. The LAPD killed a man because they ignored his pleas and told him that if he could speak he could breathe. THIS IS FALSE!!!!!!!!! There’s never been a safer time to be a cop — or a more dangerous time to be a criminal. Congress awaits 'monumental' police reform as mandatory kill count advances. A Hail of Bullets, a Heap of Uncertainty. By the numbers: US police kill more in days than other countries do in years : Bad_Cop_No_Donut. Police shooting too many Americans (Opinion) Frida Ghitis: Police in United States are killing far too many peopleLack of official statistics on shootings worrying, she saysGhitis: Police should rethink shoot-to-kill policy Editor's note: Frida Ghitis is a world affairs columnist for the Miami Herald and World Politics Review.

Police shooting too many Americans (Opinion)

A former CNN producer and correspondent, she is the author of "The End of Revolution: A Changing World in the Age of Live Television. " Follow her on Twitter @FridaGhitis. Fatal police shootings. The table below shows the number of people who have died as a result of police shootings in England & Wales since 1990, grouped by calendar year.

Fatal police shootings

INQUEST’s figures are derived from our monitoring and casework and are independent of those produced by the Home Office and other government agencies. See also the policy page on deaths in police custody, prosecutions and unlawful killing verdicts and also statistics of all deaths in police custody. Source: INQUEST casework and monitoring. 6 Reasons (Beyond Racism) Why Cops Keep Killing People. In the time it took us to research and write this article, a man named Freddie Gray went from living anonymously in Baltimore, to lying comatose with spinal cord injuries after a ride in the back of a police van, to having his funeral spark protests and civil unrest in his city.

6 Reasons (Beyond Racism) Why Cops Keep Killing People

And by the time we publish this, the cycle may have started over again with someone else. In the meantime, the biggest question we're asking ourselves -- besides "I wonder what some random jackass I went to high school with is saying about these issues on Facebook? " -- is when will the freaking cops stop killing people? Not anytime soon, it looks like, because ... #6. George Frey/Getty Images News/Getty Images "He said, she said" disputes are notoriously difficult to sort out, particularly when one party is dead. Nbcnews.comIf you don't care about police brutality, look at it this way: We'd be one step closer to Robocop.