The Counted is a project by the Guardian – and you – working to count the number of people killed by police and other law enforcement agencies in the United States in 2015, to monitor their demographics, and to tell the stories of how they died. 

The database will combine Guardian reporting with verified crowdsourced information to build a more comprehensive record of such fatalities. The Counted is the most thorough public accounting for deadly use of force in the United States, but it will operate as an imperfect work in progress – and will be updated by Guardian reporters and interactive journalists as frequently and as promptly as possible. Contributions of any information that may improve the quality of our data will be greatly welcomed as we work from a dearth of available information toward better accountability. Please contact us to pass on tips, links and multimedia as well as new information on existing cases already recorded.

Why is this necessary?

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 Guardian agrees with those analysts, campaign groups, activists and authorities who argue that such accounting is a prerequisite for an informed public discussion about the use of force by police.

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Manspreading is the NYPD's latest tactic to lock up Black & Latino men.

Thank you Internet for giving the NYPD yet another reason to arrest me while white men carry on in complete ignorance of any transgression.

“Manspreading” – the act of a someone, usually a man, taking up two subway seats by spreading his legs – has rankled many train passengers for years. It became enough of an annoyance that the Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York put anti-manspreading public service announcements on subway cars.

And now, the practice is enough get you cuffed by New York City Police Department officers hungry to make low-level arrests, according to a new report from the Police Reform Organizing Project. The New York-focused advocacy group’s report, titled “That’s How They Get You,” is a series of 117 vignettes highlighting how primarily black and Latino people get swept up in the criminal justice system for committing minor infractions – like manspreading…


How about this…if you want to sit down, say “excuse me?”  The NYPD locking up Black folks at 1am for “manspreading” on EMPTY TRAINS is not going to do anything about you finding a place to sit on the way home from work.  I’m so annoyed right now, mostly because y'all know I was already stopped for this same offense at Columbus Circle at damn 4 in the fucking morning last year with like 12 people in the entire subway car.  The NYPD ain’t shit and y'all just giving them extra ammo with this nonsense.

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“Grab Anybody!” St. Louis PD Indiscriminately Taser and Arrest People Walking Down Sidewalk

Friday night in St. Louis, a peaceful, silent protest was organized to raise awareness and call an end to police brutality. It was referred to on social media as #shutdownbaseball. The protest took place outside of Busch Stadium during a Cardinals game.

The road was already closed off for baseball fans, and the protesters simply held their signs and chalked the sidewalks.

According to RevoNews,

It wasn’t until the last 13 remaining protesters started to head home around 11:30pm when things got out of hand. People still motivated to bring attention to their cause had decided to leave the sidewalk and walk in the street. Faced with a myriad of options, when the commands given to leave the roadway were not met Lt Dan Zarrick made the decision to make arrests.  What we see in the video below (supplied by the female taser victim) shows what happened after that decision was made.

As the video starts out police are taking people into custody for being in the street. One officer who was blocking the arrests with his bicycle, ordered the crowd to disperse. “Get back,” he says.

Then another officer can be heard screaming, “Grab anybody, they were all in the street!

As people begin to comply with the first officer’s order to “get back,” they turn and walk away down the sidewalk. But they are quickly met by officers with tasers drawn.

The man in front, wishing not to be tased, side-steps the taser but is quickly hit. Then the woman is tased.

Oh my god, Oh my god, why did you do that? I didn’t do anything,” pleads the woman just prior to being hit with the taser again.

The cries for help and obvious distress of the woman in the video are disturbing.

Right before the video ends we can her the woman screaming in pain, “Why are you doing this to me? I’m on the ground.”


I watched the video several times, it clearly shows that the police had no real reason to use force. Cops actions which are depicted in this video is clearly contrary to the law, violate the rights of US citizens, and simply unacceptable from the point of view of morality of mankind. It is the brutality to the citizens by the law-enforcement system.

#BlackLivesMatter # conciousfriday  #conciousfriday


Because cities are reluctant to raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for law enforcement, officers are often assigned citation quotas upon which their jobs depend. This would be troubling enough on its own—but more disturbing is the fact that most of the petty crimes these cops issue tickets for are just a prevalent across the societal spectrum. And yet police departments overwhelmingly choose to extort funds primarily from the poor, minorities and other vulnerable populations who can least afford it, often with profound and disastrous consequences which would not be present for others.

Our conversation about race is stuck. Let me explain the frustration, what we can do, and what I’d like you to know


“Your Son’s Life was Only Worth $100K” Cop uses Facebook, Taunts Family of Unarmed Man He Killed

In a sickening move, the purported Facebook account of the cop who shot and killed Joey Tucker six years ago posted comments demeaning the life of the man he killed.

The damning comments, posted to a Facebook page set up by Tucker’s family to memorialize their son’s life, belittled the family of the dead man, taunting that his life was only worth $100,000; the amount of the settlement the family apparently received in a lawsuit related to Tucker’s killing.
Here is the video of that case 


Well, the cop “traditionally” doesn’t want to admit that his actions were truly awful. Motherfuckers take it as a game. They are in for fun, apparently. In the life of a cop death is commonplace, so when the cop himself becomes the cause of death, he won’t be shocked by this. God Bless America, these bastards gonna kill us all.

#JucticeforJoeyTucker #Police #PoliceState


Cristiano Ronaldo caught urinating in the street following night of partying in Saint Tropez

Cristiano Ronaldo’s latest night out didn’t end well after the Real Madrid star was caught urinating in the street.

The 30-year-old footballer was spotted leaving Saint Tropez’s exclusive club Le Quai in the early hours of Monday, before using the street as the toilet, with his actions drawing the attention of the police who immediately gave him a stern talking to. (x)