Police shootings are now a trending topic across America. These shootings are happening across cultures, and races. The Washington Post provides a detailed analysis of police shootings for the year 2017 to date.
This particular article is very explanatory. It provides a detailed explanation of each police shooting. The data currently has 311 small boxes. These small boxes provide details of each individual shooting. The details include state, name, age, race, mental illness, weapon, body camera, and whether or not the individual was fleeing the scene. At the top of this data there is a small search engine. This data provides an alternate view of the information. Most individuals believe police shootings are due to an excessive use of force; however, this data story provides details to each and every incident thus far.
The data story, also, supplies the previous year’s numbers. The numbers are great for comparison. The killings are listed in date order; therefore, it is easy for one to search for the amount of fatal shootings to date. The data story provides a graph which compares the shootings of 2015 to 2016. According to the graph, ” As of a week ago, there have been 7 fewer fatal shootings this year than at the same time last year.” This provides a great numerical comparison to the shootings last year and the shootings this year. It also specifies a specific time. It compares a week ago instead of as of yesterday.
Another great thing this article does is provide numerical information at the top of the current year’s data. For example, ” More than a third of the people shot and killed by police had fled from officers.” Secondly, the data story provides a map with an orange dot on where these shootings occur. Once one scrolls over a particular state the details provided are the amount of shootings per 1 million, and how many shootings have occurred in 2017. Lastly, the data story provides how this information is calculated.
This particular data story is impressive, and also very easy to follow. It provides a logical flow of information, and is very easy to follow.