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About this story

Data and code behind Shot by cops and forgotten, a VICE News investigation into police shootings in the 50 largest local police departments between 2010-2016.

Data and code

There are seven files in this repository:

  • incident_data.csv - clean data for every police shooting incident.
  • subject_data.csv - clean data for every police shooting subject.
  • census_pop_2013.csv - population data from the 2013 American Community Survey (ACS).
  • initial_data_processing.R - code to read in, clean and process the incident based data.
  • building_subject_database.R - code to build the subject database from the incidents.
  • final_analysis.R - code to generate the facts and figures in the article.
  • graphics.R - code to build the graphics.



  • W: White, non-Hispanic
  • B: Black, non-Hispanic
  • A: Asian
  • L: Latino
  • O: Other
  • U: Unknown


  • M: Male
  • F: Female
  • U: Unknown


Data analysis and graphics: Rob Arthur and Allison McCann.

Reporting: Rob Arthur, Taylor Dolven, Keegan Hamilton, Allison McCann, and Carter Sherman.


This data and code is published under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) license.

Questions/comments/corrections: email Allison McCann.