This site became a reality because of a need that couldn’t be met by simply doing a Google search. My name is Sharon Kyle. I publish and write for the LA Progressive, an online social justice magazine. I was writing a piece about an unarmed 18 yr old Black male teenager who was 5’4″ and weighed 135 lbs when he was mistaken for a 6’2″ 250lb mature Black man and then shot seven times by San Bernardino County (California) Sheriffs. As I did my research for the article I just couldn’t find a national database that was easily accessible that contained data on the use of deadly force, across the nation, against unarmed citizens. So I began to create my own. That small spreadsheet became this site. I worked with an I.T. professional, Martin Williams, to help me create the site that you see today.