Chokehold: Policing Black Men

Chokehold Policing Black Men Cops politicians and ordinary people are afraid of black men The result is the Chokehold laws and practices that treat every African American man like a thug In this explosive new book an African A

  • Title: Chokehold: Policing Black Men
  • Author: Paul Butler
  • ISBN: 9781595589057
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Cops, politicians, and ordinary people are afraid of black men The result is the Chokehold laws and practices that treat every African American man like a thug In this explosive new book, an African American former federal prosecutor shows that the system is working exactly the way it s supposed to Black men are always under watch, and police violence is widespread allCops, politicians, and ordinary people are afraid of black men The result is the Chokehold laws and practices that treat every African American man like a thug In this explosive new book, an African American former federal prosecutor shows that the system is working exactly the way it s supposed to Black men are always under watch, and police violence is widespread all with the support of judges and politicians.In his no holds barred style, Butler, whose scholarship has been featured on 60 Minutes, uses new data to demonstrate that white men commit the majority of violent crime in the United States For example, a white woman is ten times likely to be raped by a white male acquaintance than be the victim of a violent crime perpetrated by a black man Butler also frankly discusses the problem of black on black violence and how to keep communities safer without relying as much on police.Chokehold powerfully demonstrates why current efforts to reform law enforcement will not create lasting change Butler s controversial recommendations about how to crash the system, and when it s better for a black man to plead guilty even if he s innocent are sure to be game changers in the national debate about policing, criminal justice, and race relations.

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    1. WOW!!! Paul Butler took me on an intellectual ride that I never saw coming. There is not one group of people, gender, race or creed who should not read this book! Chokehold: Policing Black Men: A Renegade Prosecutor's Radical Thoughts on How to Disrupt the System is far from the "typical" political and/or social tome that cries foul in the name of an oppressed and suppressed group without clearly defining the issue and offering valid solutions. Paul Butler uses Chokehold as a proper noun versus [...]

    2. The problem is the criminal process itself. Cops routinely hurt and humiliate black people because that is what they are paid to do. Virtually every objective investigation of a U.S. law enforcement agency finds that the police, as policy, treat African Americans with contempt…. The police kill, wound, pepper spray, beat up, detain, frisk, handcuff, and use dogs against blacks in circumstances in which they do not do the same to white people and it’s all perfectly legal.…If the police patr [...]

    3. "The police kill, wound, pepper spray, beat up, frisk, handcuff, and use dogs against blacks in circumstances in which they do not do the same to white people. It is the moral responsibility of every American, when armed agents of the state are harming people in our names, to ask why."This is in the introduction of the book that just gets better and better with brilliant observations by the author. A must read for anyone interested in dismantling a racist institution and transforming law enforce [...]

    4. “A chokehold is a process of coercing submission that is self-reinforcing. A chokehold justifies additional pressure on the body because the body does not come into compliance, but the body cannot come into compliance because of the vise-grip that is on it. This is the black experience in America. This is how the process of law and order pushes African American men into the criminal system. This is how the system is broke on purpose…The Chokehold means that what happens in places like Fergus [...]

    5. After watching a great Politics & Prose discussion with Mr. Butler, I had to reserve a copy of this book from my local library. This book, along with "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America" by James Forman, Jr. are required reading for everyone.

    6. The history of abuse of power and how it has affected us as a people was thought provoking and made me wonder how we have come so far as a people. It's in our DNA as a people to want to be free. The author connects the dots of cause and effect well. You won't be the same after you read it

    7. Chokehold was pitched this year as a book exposing police violence and targeting of black men in the same way that The New Jim Crow exposed prison violence and targeting of black men in America.“A chokehold is a process of coercing submission that is self reinforcing… The Chokehold is a way of understanding how American inequality is imposed. It is the process by which black lives are made vulnerable to death imposed by others and death that comes from African Americans themselves. The Choke [...]

    8. Butler is well-researched and has thought through this book well. He shares much history and practice that is not well known to most of the general public. However, he is often redundant in some areas. It saddens me that the conversation in Chapter 8 even has to happen while the conversation itself is debatable. I’ll gladly listen to arguments on both sides of the issue.

    9. With candor, intellect, and wit, Professor Butler puts in very readable and personal language the lived experiences of African American men in America. His book is also extremely tragic and eye-opening and an indictment of our country's so-called justice system. Reading his book should be part of our country's journey in understanding, empathizing and taking part in the fight for racial equity because this country has created the problem of oppression of African Americans through prohibitive law [...]

    10. This book really opened my eyes to the probability that men of color can and are being “policed” by law enforcement and court officials. The author demonstrates from the voice of an expert prosecuting attorneys how critical crime and punishment is for our brothers, and in many incidents a casein today’s judicial system can be the end of any promising future. I was scared about the futility of racism in America. Why can’t we all refresh and “get along?”

    11. 4.5. I found Mr. Butler's other book - Let's Get Free - more eye-opening and interesting but that was partially because I am a defense attorney and was in law school at the time so it was perfect timing for it. However, I am rounding up on this book and giving it five stars for three reasons. First and most important, Mr. Butler makes vital points about our criminal justice system and our society as a whole and ALL Americans should read this book. Second, he provides critical advice for the peop [...]

    12. Chapter 7, which is a essentially a guide for African American men who get stopped by the police on how to behave in order to avoid arrest, prison time, etc, just broke my heart. We have two parallel justice systems in this country: one is the one white people are held to and which most white people think applies to every citizen, the other is the real one that African Americans are held to which is incredibly discriminatory, unfair and unjust.

    13. Very informative. While it is primarily about the plight of black men, the author acknowledged the intersectional issues that are usually not brought up in such discussions.

    14. A phenomenal book. Absolutely another in the series of books that should be considered "mandatory reading." I'll likely read this one again.

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