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Mapping Police Violence

In 2019, police killed 1,098 people in the United States. This map is a visual representation of each of those killings. Black people were 24% of those killed, despite being only 13% of the population.

The above map is from Mapping Police Violence. You can view their full dataset here.

Presentation Resources

Qualified Immunity 

Information from the Legal Information Institute from Cornell Law School

Provides a plain text overview, illustrative case law examples, and further reading.

Police shootings database 2015-2021

from the Washington Post

National use-of-force data 

from the FBI

National use-of-force data is voluntarily submitted to the FBI by participating law enforcement agencies

Philando Castile family settles lawsuit with city for $3M

from USA Today

Minneapolis approves "historic" $27 million settlement with George Floyd's family

from CBS News

Online Resources

Qualified Immunity's Role in Police Accountability by Gene Denby

From NPR Code Switch

"Effectively, qualified immunity means that government officials like police officers can only be held accountable in civil court for violating a person's rights if those rights are 'clearly established' in already-existing case law... To help us understand how qualified immunity shapes the criminal justice system, we spoke with Josie Duffy Rice, who's been thinking about the doctrine's history and influence for a long time."


Police killings and their spillover effects on the mental health of black Americans: A population-based, quasi-experimental study by Jacob Bor, Atheendar S. Venkataramani, David R. Williams, and Alexander C. Tsai

Scholarly article published in the Lancet in 2018

The study sought "to estimate the causal impact of police killings of unarmed black Americans on self-reported mental health of other black American adults in the US general population." The researchers found that "police killings of unarmed black Americans have adverse effects on mental health among black American adults in the general population."


Police Misconduct Costs Cities Millions Every Year. But That's Where the Accountability Ends by Amelia Thomson-Devaux, Laura Bronner, and Damini Sharma

Investigative journalism article from The Marshall Project and Five Thirty Eight

"As the country has witnessed episode after episode of police abuse, holding police officers accountable for misconduct has become an urgent issue. But despite increased attention, it’s still rare for police officers to face criminal prosecution. That leaves civil lawsuits as victims’ primary route for seeking legal redress and financial compensation when a police encounter goes wrong. The resulting settlements can be expensive for the city, which is generally on the hook for the payouts (meaning ultimately, most are subsidized by taxpayers), and those costs can encourage cities to make broader changes... [however] shoddy, confusing, or incomplete record-keeping combined with a host of other local factors to make it nearly impossible for us to conclude if anything was changing in any given city—much less whether those shifts were for better or worse. Those problems, in turn, mean that it’s very difficult to know which cities are more successfully reducing police misconduct than others, and how the burden on taxpayers is shifting as a result."


Support Resources

These resources are explicitly designed for non-white people, including Black people, Native folks, and other people of color. 

Support Resources for People of Color & Native Folks - This LibGuide from Simmons University has many resources for Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. There are sections on practicing self care, coping strategies, and community education & support.

13 Inclusive Therapy and Mental Health Resources for BIPOC - From Buzzfeed. "While many people are protesting against police brutality and in support of Black Lives Matter, the events can take a much harder toll on BIPOC. At the same time, it's not always easy to find affordable or accessible therapy or mental health resources, let alone ones that feel intersectional and inclusive. Whether you're looking for emotional support or professional help, here are some things to try."