‘I worked as a prosecutor. Then I was arrested. The experience made a man out of me. It made a black man out of me’

Paul Butler, author of the acclaimed book Chokehold, worked as a criminal prosecutor. Then he himself was arrested

Paul Butler, author of the new book Chokehold: Policing Black Men, argues the US criminal justice system is institutionally constructed to control African American men. But, he says, that is merely one facet of a pervasive “chokehold” over black men that can be observed in numerous social and political arenas.

The work has been described by the New York Times as “the most readable and provocative account of the war on drugs since Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow”.

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