In Memoriam

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The following is a list of (in theory) every shooting injury and death in the St. Louis area (St. Louis City and St. Louis County) since Mike Brown died on 08/09/2014. This list does not include every report of shots fired. This list does not include any incident involving shots being fired that did not result in an injury or death.

I also did not bother including the race of the suspect or victim because as it turns out the media is reluctant to report on race in shootings and that data is not readily available.  However, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, there is one exception to the media’s racial reluctance: when an officer shoots a suspect.  Imagine that.

Anyway, I intend to keep this list updated. If you have any additions or corrections, please respond in the comments section and we’ll keep this updated together. I know I’ve probably made mistakes given the various media sources I’ve scoured and the nature of inaccurate media coverage immediately following any crime. It should be noted that the St. Louis City homicide total for the year has been regularly quoted in recent days and that figure does not include totals for the county, nor accounts for injuries resulting from gunfire. Hopefully the list below will be a slightly more accurate accounting of shootings in the region.

  • Death Toll: 27
  • Injury Toll: 53
  • Incident Total: 80

UPDATED 9/24/2014

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Lies, Damn Lies, and…

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I’m going to use this opportunity to discuss two groups of criminal justice statistics that have been regularly quoted in recent days as evidence of institutional racism within the St. Louis County area. The first group is traffic stop data. The second group is hiring data.

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Anatomy of an Officer Related Shooting

Police Shooting Misso_Cham640081114gun2Pictured above is a looter present in the QuikTrip on W. Florissant before it was burned down.  I showed a number of officers this picture and less than half were able to identify the handgun in this man’s waistband before the image was zoomed in.  This is the world in which we work.

Understanding an officer related shooting is an issue central to the Darren Wilson / Mike Brown shooting and when I delve into that specific topic soon, discussing use of force and the parts of a justified shooting will save me a lot of time.

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