This week marks the three-year anniversary of the death of Eric Garner, who died during an arrest by NYC police officials. They had used a banned chokehold and continued after he was already on the ground, despite Garner’s repeated protests that he couldn’t breathe. The video of the incident sparked outrage across the nation, becoming one of the many police-involved deaths protested by the Black Lives Matter movement. Yet, Paul Butler, a former federal prosecutor says police violence and selective enforcement are legal components of the American criminal justice system, set up to give police “super powers.” He joins Soledad O’Brien to discuss his recent book “Chokehold,” where he asserts the criminal justice system is designed to control African American men and why police officers are not to blame.

Related Videos

  • Jamal Simmons and John Feehery Extended Interview

    November 13, 2016

    Jamal Simmons and John Feehery Extended Interview

    November 13, 2016

    Soledad O'Brien sits down with Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons and SOP strategist John...

    Watch now
  • Dems Need to Woo “The Forgotten” Back

    November 12, 2016

    Dems Need to Woo “The Forgotten” Back

    November 12, 2016

    The nation heard the message loud and clear on election night – “the forgotten” wanting ch...

    Watch now
  • Lack of Voter Enthusiasm Could Spell Trouble for Clinton

    September 24, 2016

    Lack of Voter Enthusiasm Could Spell Trouble for Clinton

    September 24, 2016

    Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers may have her only slightly ahead of Donald Trump, but her n...

    Watch now
  • Full Doug Thornell Interview

    September 24, 2016

    Full Doug Thornell Interview

    September 24, 2016

    Doug Thornell, DNC senior advisor, talks Hillary Clinton's campaign, how she is doing with...

    Watch now
  • Law to Train Teen Drivers on Police Traffic Stops

    July 22, 2017

    Law to Train Teen Drivers on Police Traffic Stops

    July 22, 2017

    Teen driver’s ed training in some states is getting additional criteria - training on what...

    Watch now
  • CBC Chair: We Respect the President’s Office Even if He Doesn’t

    July 1, 2017

    CBC Chair: We Respect the President’s Office Even if He Doesn’t

    July 1, 2017

    The Congressional Black Caucus is declining a follow-up meeting with President Trump. At t...

    Watch now
  • Former Prosecutor: Incarceration Does Not Always Make Us Safer

    May 20, 2017

    Former Prosecutor: Incarceration Does Not Always Make Us Safer

    May 20, 2017

    There’s a new mandate from Attorney General Jeff Sessions telling federal prosecutors to “...

    Watch now
  • Less Than a Third of Sexual Harassment Victims Report to Their Boss, HR

    October 21, 2017

    Less Than a Third of Sexual Harassment Victims Report to Their Boss, HR

    October 21, 2017

    The Harvey Weinstein scandal persists in the headlines as women continue to come forward w...

    Watch now

Latest

  • Dem, GOP Strategists: Bipartisanship Is Broken

    October 21, 2017

    Dem, GOP Strategists: Bipartisanship Is Broken

    October 21, 2017

    It’s late October and the Trump administration is still searching for a major le...

    Watch now
  • Middle Class Could Foot the Bill for Obamacare Subsidies

    October 21, 2017

    Middle Class Could Foot the Bill for Obamacare Subsidies

    October 21, 2017

    The sudden lack of subsidy payments could cause a rise in middle-class health ca...

    Watch now
  • Less Than a Third of Sexual Harassment Victims Report to Their Boss, HR

    October 21, 2017

    Less Than a Third of Sexual Harassment Victims Report to Their Boss, HR

    October 21, 2017

    The Harvey Weinstein scandal persists in the headlines as women continue to come...

    Watch now
  • Bringing Down the Rate of Suicides for Veterans Through Improved Research

    October 14, 2017

    Bringing Down the Rate of Suicides for Veterans Through Improved Research

    October 14, 2017

    Gen. Peter Chiarelli, now retired, made it his mission as the Army’s Vice Chief ...

    Watch now
  • Sister of Veteran Killed by Suicide Turning Her Loss into A Mission

    October 14, 2017

    Sister of Veteran Killed by Suicide Turning Her Loss into A Mission

    October 14, 2017

    Suicides across the U-S have been on a steady rise with a recent report from the...

    Watch now
  • Puerto Rico’s Former Gov.: We Need to Rebuild Smarter

    October 14, 2017

    Puerto Rico’s Former Gov.: We Need to Rebuild Smarter

    October 14, 2017

    Puerto Rico continues to suffer from the devastation left by hurricanes Irma and...

    Watch now
  • Survivor of Virginia Tech: Now is the Time to Discuss U.S. Gun Policy

    October 7, 2017

    Survivor of Virginia Tech: Now is the Time to Discuss U.S. Gun Policy

    October 7, 2017

    The nation is still reeling in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, when a sole g...

    Watch now
  • Balancing Opioid Crisis Relief with Chronic Pain Patients in WV

    October 7, 2017

    Balancing Opioid Crisis Relief with Chronic Pain Patients in WV

    October 7, 2017

    It is estimated that over 64,000 people died last year due to fatal drug overdos...

    Watch now
  • Sister of Veteran Killed by Suicide Turning Her Loss into A Mission

    October 14, 2017

    Sister of Veteran Killed by Suicide Turning Her Loss into A Mission

    October 14, 2017

    Suicides across the U-S have been on a steady rise with a recent report from the...

    Watch now
  • A Growing Industry in L.A.? Hint: We’re Not Talking About Hollywood

    September 30, 2017

    A Growing Industry in L.A.? Hint: We’re Not Talking About Hollywood

    September 30, 2017

    The next big tech gadget could be coming to you from the West Coast – but hundre...

    Watch now
  • Smithsonian African American Museum Celebrating First Year

    August 26, 2017

    Smithsonian African American Museum Celebrating First Year

    August 26, 2017

    Meet Zena Howard, one of the architects for the nation’s newest museum that has ...

    Watch now
  • Remembering the Summer of ’67 in Detroit

    July 29, 2017

    Remembering the Summer of ’67 in Detroit

    July 29, 2017

    The story of civil unrest in the summer of 1967 is being shared in museums acros...

    Watch now
  • Detroit: From 1967 to Today

    July 29, 2017

    Detroit: From 1967 to Today

    July 29, 2017

    In the summer of 1967, violent clashes and angry protests erupted in the city of...

    Watch now
  • Detroit Journalists: “The Story of Every American City”

    July 29, 2017

    Detroit Journalists: “The Story of Every American City”

    July 29, 2017

    50 years ago, civil disorder rocked the city of Detroit. Today, the city continu...

    Watch now
  • Law to Train Teen Drivers on Police Traffic Stops

    July 22, 2017

    Law to Train Teen Drivers on Police Traffic Stops

    July 22, 2017

    Teen driver’s ed training in some states is getting additional criteria - traini...

    Watch now
  • Searching For A Better Life in America

    June 17, 2017

    Searching For A Better Life in America

    June 17, 2017

    Clarkston, GA is a small town of just 1.1 square miles outside of Atlanta and is...

    Watch now
  • October 14, 2017

    October 21, 2017

    October 14, 2017

    October 21, 2017

    Puerto Ricans continue to struggle with survival issues and Congress grapples wi...

    Watch now
  • September 30, 2017

    October 7, 2017

    September 30, 2017

    October 7, 2017

    On this episode of Matter of Fact, we focus on the scene on the ground in Puerto...

    Watch now
  • September 23, 2017

    September 30, 2017

    September 23, 2017

    September 30, 2017

    Senate Republicans are giving Obamacare repeal another try with their latest pie...

    Watch now
  • September 16, 2017

    September 23, 2017

    September 16, 2017

    September 23, 2017

    First, a report out of Wisconsin on an upcoming Supreme Court on partisan gerrym...

    Watch now
  • September 9, 2017

    September 16, 2017

    September 9, 2017

    September 16, 2017

    Soledad O'Brien checks in with freshman Congress members Rep. Jim Banks (R-IL) a...

    Watch now
  • September 2, 2017

    September 9, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 9, 2017

    Soledad O’Brien covers a tumultuous moment in American history – the nationwide ...

    Watch now
  • August 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    August 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    This week, Soledad O'Brien takes a look at August 28th --a date memorialized in ...

    Watch now
  • August 19, 2017

    August 26, 2017

    August 19, 2017

    August 26, 2017

    Soledad O'Brien hosts a special edition of Matter of Fact looking at refugees ad...

    Watch now