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The biggest thing I’ve taken away from this project is something I’ll never be able to prove, but I’m convinced to my core: The lack of such a database is intentional. No government—not the federal government, and not the thousands of municipalities that give their police forces license to use deadly force—wants you to know how many people it kills and why.

It’s the only conclusion that can be drawn from the evidence. What evidence? In attempting to collect this information, I was lied to and delayed by the FBI, even when I was only trying to find out the addresses of police departments to make public records requests. The government collects millions of bits of data annually about law enforcement in its Uniform Crime Report, but it doesn’t collect information about the most consequential act a law enforcer can do.

I’ve been lied to and delayed by state, county and local law enforcement agencies—almost every time. They’ve blatantly broken public records laws, and then thumbed their authoritarian noses at the temerity of a citizen asking for information that might embarrass the agency. And these are the people in charge of enforcing the law.

What I’ve Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings (D. Brian Burghart, Gawker)

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If I have seemed off this weekend, this is why. Some friends could hear it in my voice in my podcast, even though I didn’t touch on it, I had to keep quiet so some people could be told in person, not over social media.

P.G. Holyfield is one of my good friends, I only get to see him once a year, but google hangouts, email, and social media go a long way. Patrick was always awesome, kind, warm, caring. He gives some of the best hugs and has a great laugh.

Please help make his last few days more comfortable and help provide for his girls he is leaving behind. All information can be found at the link, and further on his website.

I love you Patrick.

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