Fatal Encounters CORRECTIONS & DETAILS
This is a form to allow users to submit incident corrections, clarifications and additions directly to the administrator of
. This is not for new incidents (go to
for that), but for incidents that are already in the database or on various spreadsheets. If you, for example, see an error in spelling or see a missing detail--like the DA's finding of justification or race information or a photo--just put the person's full name in the "Subject's name" field, and then add your clarifying information in the correct spot. Then, put a link in the "Link to news article or official document" box at the bottom of this form so it can be double-checked. Another way you can really help out is if you see a name that has made it to the database but is still on the spreadsheet,
, let me know, and I'll remove it so nobody repeats work. Thanks, D. Brian
Who died? (First, whatever Middle is available, Last) e.g. John Wayne Doe or John Doe or John W. Doe)
URL of image of deceased
You know how to do this? Keep clicking the picture until you have the largest image possible, then right-click on it and select "Copy image URL" and paste it into the field. Careful with this, guys; fact-checkers keep finding officers' pictures instead of the dead person's.
Date of death (month/day/year)
Location of death (address)
Be as specific as possible with street addresses. For example, 613 North Anna Drive is best; 600 block of North Anna Drive will work; North Anna Drive will work; North Anna Drive and La Palma Avenue will work for an intersection. Most other variations won't work. If you're uncertain, just try what you have in Google Maps. Whatever you do, don't guess. Let the fact-checker look it up.
Location of death (city)
Location of death (state)
Location of death (zip code)
Zip codes are easy; just plug the street address, city and state into Google Maps, and it will tell you the zip code.
Location of death (county)
If you have the zip code, you can hold the command key down and click the link to go to a page to help you find the county:
Agency responsible for death
Please, no abbreviations, the whole name in title case: Reno Police Department or Washoe County Sheriff's Office. Since local media assumes you're a local, sometimes they don't even write the name, but will say something like "Reno police shot ..." so you'd check the correct name and then type in "Reno Police Department."
Cause of death
Weapon, vehicle, or object as opposed to a medical description such as blunt force trauma or heart failure. And while it's often multiple gunshots, the preferred answer is generally "Gunshot."
A brief description of the circumstances surrounding the death
Brief, please. Like 70 words. Only one paragraph with no returns.
Symptoms of mental illness?
Were there obvious signs of sickness, like suicidal threats, or were law enforcement called by the family to aid with a mentally ill family member?
Drugs or alcohol use
Official disposition of death (justified or other)
This is not a moral question, but a legal determination usually made by the district attorney, attorney general or an oversight board.
Link to news article or photo of official document
This is what will be published on the spreadsheet. You can use your real name or a user name. Some people like to use weird symbols to describe their email address so the bots can't read them, but I can, like d.brian [%] fatalencounters dat org.
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