• by Paul Butler
  • Narrated by JD Jackson
  • 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Albert E Phoenix

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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- Linda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-11-2017
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio