Police Shootings

Incomplete List of SLMPD Killings

CAPCR created an incomplete list of St. Louis law enforcement killings from 1983-2001. We’ve combined that list with Heather De Mian’s list of fatal shootings by SLMPD from 2000-present. Click here.




Memorial Honoring Lynching Victims Opens in Montgomery

4-26-18 — “The museum takes visitors from slavery to racial terrorism to segregation to mass incarceration, and connects them all as the narrative that systemically discriminates against people of color.”



Celebrating Cary Ball, Jr.’s Life

4-24-18 — Toni Taylor, Cary Ball Jr.’s mom, and supporters were joined by mothers from around the country whose children were murdered by police to celebrate Cary’s life.

On May 24, 2013, Cary Ball Jr. was shot by St. Louis city police 25 times at the end of a police chase. Ball was an honor roll student at Forest Park Community College with a 3.86 grade point average.

“Despite Ball Jr. placing his gun on the ground, police shot him 25 times.”

At a December 20, 2017 press conference Missouri Representative Bruce Franks, Jr. and the family of Ball called on the St. Louis circuit attorney’s office to investigate Ball’s fatal shooting.



California Considering Unprecedented Law Restricting Police Firearm Use

4-3-18 – The proposed legislation would change California’s use of force laws so police may fire only when necessary rather than when reasonable.

The Bill is supported by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Sacramento leaders from the NAACP and the Black Lives Matter movement along with the grandfather of 22 year old policing shooting victim Stephon Clark.

NYT Opinion Piece | Stephon Clark: Rhythms of Tragedy


Rapid Response Teams

Form a network of support systems for families targeted by police assault.

Families need help navigating the police, legal system and the press. They also often need home support, help finding a counselor, and much more. 

How can you, your group or organization become a part of this network or form your own?



Supreme Court Rules for Police Officer in Excessive Force Case

April 4, 2018
The Supreme Court just showed once again how hard it is to prosecute police for unreasonable shootings. On April 2, 2018, the Court decided not to hear a case in which police shot a woman who was holding a knife but not making any threatening movements. In her dissent, Justice Sotomayor said of the officer who fired: “If this account of Kisela’s conduct sounds unreasonable, that is because it was.”

“Since the Civil War, federal law has allowed people to sue government officials, including the police, for violating their constitutional rights. But in recent years, the Supreme Court has erected a shield of immunity for police and said officers may not be sued unless victims can point to a nearly identical shooting that had been deemed unconstitutionally excessive in a previous decision.”


Fatal Police Shootings – STL compiled by Heather De Mian

Since Chief Dotson’s tenure began in 2012, all but two fatalities were black.

Police are not judge, jury & executioner. Even if committing an illegal act, a person has constitutionally protected rights that cannot be abused. One of those rights is the right to due process.

Nationally one black person is killed in an extrajudicial shooting every 28 hours.

Enlarged view of St. Louis Police Shootings