Ronald BrowneResearch Methodology

Ronald Browne, SAY THEIR NAMES Lead Researcher

Purpose and Value – People of African descent have suffered from grievous oppression beginning from slavery and in varying ways through Jim Crow, the modern Civil Rights movement to the present day. Brutal treatment of blacks at the hands of police, while just one element of that oppression, has been grossly underreported. A consistent goal of African-Americans is the attainment of equal justice under the law, an essential element of social justice. The purpose of Say Their Names is to focus attention on the brutal nature of the policing of blacks in the past with the hope that the information will help reduce its occurrence in the future.

Scope of the ProjectSay Their Names is an extension of the Blood Lines Project and focuses on the killing of blacks by police and aims to document occurrences that likely would not have resulted in the death of white Americans given the same set of circumstances. The span of years will cover August 1919 to the present and will be continuously updated. We also will include brief biographical information for each victim, so they don’t appear as dry statistics.

In developing a comprehensive list of those killed by police brutality, first, we have identified more than 2,100 cases across the United States in just the last five years. Our goal is to identify as many such cases as we can dating from 1919 through the present, connecting the Red Summer of 1919 to the present time. We will be reporting those who have been killed by police from the most recent killings and adding the older cases as our research progresses. First priority will be given to cases that have taken place in Illinois. We use as many sources as we can in deciding which cases to cite, including internet news sources, websites of educational institutions, and public library microfiche records.

Specifically, and will be used to identify cases and serve to provide links to other sources of information. A large portion of our database up to this point was obtained through;;; and other news media websites depending on location. Each reported case is examined against certain criteria as our focus for this project is on those who have been clear innocent victims of police brutality, such as those with no drawn active weapons or not in active pursuit of unlawful actions or other complexities. Because we vet each case as thoroughly as we can, the most recent incidents may take some time to appear on our public website list. We understand that not all cases have been reported in the media and in that path of collecting the most comprehensive list, we invite everyone to collaborate with us.

If you know of a person that should be considered for inclusion, please email us at STN [at] nonopera [dot] org and include the person’s name and as much information as you can provide, such as age, gender, photo, and bio, the incident date and location (city and state), and a brief description of what happened.

Washington Post Police Shootings Database 2015-2020

News Articles and Other Links

A History of Racial Injustice

Chicago Survivors

Fatal Shootings of Unarmed Black People Reveal Troubling Patterns
Morning Edition, National Public Radio, January 25, 2021

Mapping Police Violence


SAY HER NAME: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women
July 2015 Update from African American Policy Forum & Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies

Black Men Fatal Shootings by Police – 2013 to 2019 – Illinois District 60 State Representative Rita Mayfield

1641 – Illinois District 29 State Representative Thaddeus Jones

Say Their Names Memorials

All of Us or None, Volume 2, Issue 4 | July 2020

Gun Violence Archive

Fatal Encounters

Cop Blaster

2019 Police Deaths Comparison between Wapo and Fatal Encounters : Sheet1

Care Rockbridge

The National Cop Watch Report


End Bias Wiki

Gun Memorial

United States Racial Unrest Wikipedia

Massachusetts Teachers Association

Gonzaga University

Indianapolis Public Schools

Pacific Oaks College

Xavier University

Say Their Names

Legal Aid at Work

Social Justice Sewing Academy

The Nation