UC Law lecture to explore violence against Blacks, police brutality, reforms

Majorities of both Black and White Americans say Black people are treated less fairly than whites in dealing with the police and by the criminal justice system, according to a 2019 Pew Research Center survey.

In the survey, 84 percent of Black adults said that, in dealing with police, Blacks are generally treated less fairly than Whites; 63 percent of Whites said the same. Similarly, 87 percent of Blacks and 61 percent of Whites said the U.S. criminal justice system treats Black people less fairly.

How did this happen and how can the country move forward? Paul Butler, the Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown University Law Center, will explore the issue of state violence against Blacks, police brutality, and reform prospects in a University of Cincinnati-hosted law lecture.

“Chokehold: Policing Black Men in the Post-Trump Era,” the 2021 Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture, will be held at 12:15 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, via WebEx. CLE: Application submitted for 1.0 hour of General CLE in OH and KY.

Butler’s presentation will explore the seeming permanence of state violence against Black bodies, including an examination of the history of police brutality directed at African American men. He will examine prospects for reform and transformation, including the “Defund the Police” movement.

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