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Chokehold Audiobook

Chokehold: Policing Black Men

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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 - 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 more 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.

©2017 Paul Butler (P)2017 Brilliance Audio. Published by arrangement with The New Press (www.thenewpress.com).

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    Albert E Phoenix 11-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A must read."

    The Choke Hold was a very informative book on the different vices that hold and are against African Americans and people of color. The author used his on experience of being a prosecutor and recommending harsh sentences to individuals of color. He also gives numerous suggestions on when and how to handle certain situations.

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    Linda FALLS CHURCH, VA, United States 10-27-17
    Linda FALLS CHURCH, VA, United States 10-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Direct and scary"

    The book was like watching an episode of “Scared Straight”. I appreciated the details Butler went into explaining what perceived “rights” are granted to the men and women who are drawn into the legal system. His perspective was clearly evident from the standpoint of being an active attorney with experience on both sides of the law. I’ve read books he referenced and wish I could get my nieces and nephews to read this book. The blinders have been removed and I see clearly now. JD Jackson is a fantastic narrator.

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    Frank B. Polk Sr 10-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "GET THIS BOOK"

    A Must READ for every BLACKMAN. So informative had to listen to it twice. Will be buying the hard copy for my library

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    A. Hayden DFW, TX, USA 08-12-17
    A. Hayden DFW, TX, USA 08-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good Information"

    I found out about this book watching MSNBC one night & thought it would give me more current policing insight & it did just that. Knowing new tactics & coming from a reliable source was extremely helpful. must read for all, especially those of color.

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    "Extremely Informative, descriptive story"

    regarding the plight of the black man as it relates to policing and the criminal justice system. Its a narrative that every man of color should read in order to better understand his rights, responsibilities and to simply gain knowledge about how the criminal justice system works to criminalize men of color. it would appear that the criminal justice system is working perfectly to ensure mass incarceration of men of color and that no real Justice exists. Men of color are guilty until proven innocent.

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    Christopher P. 07-15-17 Member Since 2012
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    loved it very meaningful would reccomend this to anyone who wants to know how america works

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    MR B 07-15-17
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    "Dr. Paul Butler, Exceptionally gifted lawyer"

    OUTSTANDING research, thanks for shinning a light in this dark place America has found itself in. A must-read.

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