Kojo Nnamdi (left) and Paul Butler (right) discuss Butler's new book "Chokehold."

Kojo Nnamdi (left) and Paul Butler (right) discuss Butler's new book "Chokehold."

Paul Butler was a successful Washington prosecutor, until an arrest made him reconsider his career. Now a law professor and commentator, he argues in his new book “Chokehold” that the criminal justice system’s targeting of African American men isn’t an aberration. Rather, the system is set up to police, surveil, and incarcerate Black men at higher rates than any other population. Kojo discussed the roots of racialized policing and tactics for combating it with Paul Butler at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C.

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  • Paul Butler Former federal prosecutor; Law professor at Georgetown University; Commentator who appears on MSNBC, CNN, and NPR; Author of Chokehold: Policing Black Men. His previous book was Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice.


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