This book was designed by Big Jump Press in June 2020 in response to the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. With help from friends and colleagues, this book will be distributed for free around my community. If you wish to participate, download the templates and watch the demonstrations on the Big Jump Press blog. All sales of this book must go toward organizations working toward justice for Black people.
At least 1,944 Black people were killed by police between 2013 and 2019. At least 335 of those people were unarmed. This list of names was compiled by MappingPoliceViolence.org using data from FatalEncounters.org, the US Police Shootings Database, and KilledbyPolice.net. From Mapping Police Violence: “Law enforcement agencies across the country have failed to provide us with even basic information about the lives they have taken. And while the recently signed Death in Custody Reporting Act mandates this data be reported, its unclear whether police departments will actually comply with this mandate and, even if they do decide to report this information, it could be several years before the data is fully collected, compiled and made public.”