The number of celebrities who have died at the hands of police in the United States since 2014 has been rising.
A new report by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) shows that on December 1, the total number of deaths from police violence at the time of arrest and/or death was 5,369.
By the end of 2017, that number had risen to 7,849.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced that he was ordering the Justice Department to release “a total of 2,000 new criminal charges” against officers who commit brutality against civilians.
In response, a group of prominent Black Lives Matter activists, including Black Lives Matters National Executive Director Leelah Alcorn, launched an online petition asking the administration to release information about the number of Black lives lost to police violence since 2014.
The group also called for the Department of Justice to release its own data on the number and type of deaths related to police brutality in the country.
In response, NLEOMf released a report Monday that shows that at the end 2016, the number was 2,567.
In 2017, the death count reached 2,818.
By July 2018, the year of the president’s inauguration, the count had reached 3,078.
On January 11, 2018, then-President Donald Trump signed a law that allows the Justice and Homeland Security departments to investigate “any and all” officer-involved deaths, including those that occurred while on duty.
The law also gives law enforcement the ability to conduct an investigation of the officer-related deaths of individuals “who have died as a direct result of an act of violence or any other unlawful act committed by an officer while acting in the course of his or her official duties.”
The law, which took effect Jan. 4, 2018 and was signed by Trump, is named after former Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, who died in a police custody after his partner shot him in the head.
The Justice Department has launched a civil rights investigation into the Batts case.
In 2018, Nleomf also released its report on police deaths from January 1 through July 21, which showed that 2,069 people were killed by police officers, while 3,851 people were injured in the line of duty.
In January, Trump signed an executive order that created the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to create a nationwide database of the names of people killed by officers.
That database will include the names and locations of all of the people killed and the dates and times they were killed.
In the future, Nelomf said, “it is anticipated that the database will provide data on all police-related incidents that occurred in the preceding 12 months.”