The US government keeps no comprehensive record of the number of people killed by police in America, a fact that was thrust into the spotlight following the protests, riots and global discussions about race that followed the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014.
In June this year, the Guardian launched The Counted, an interactive, crowdsourced project attempting to track all these deaths throughout the US. The Washington Post has also mounted a project that monitors fatal police shootings. Both came after a number of online initiatives by researchers and citizen journalists.
In the past seven days, a series of comments and announcements have pushed the issue of counting police deaths back to the fore.
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