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Today, #GeorgetownLaw Professor Paul Butler is testifying at @HouseJudiciary's hearing on the #JusticeinPolicingAct.

@LawProfButler is a former prosecutor, #RacialJustice scholar and author of "Chokehold: Policing Black Men."

Thread on his powerful opening statement (1/10):
"There has never, not for one minute in American history, been peace between black people and the police," @LawProfButler tells @HouseJudiciary. (2/10)
"The main problem is not bad apple cops. Officers have difficult jobs & many serve with honor and valor. Still almost every objective investigation of a police department finds that police as policy treat African Americans with contempt,” @LawProfButler to @HouseJudiciary.(3/10)
"The police kill, wound, pepper spray, beat up, detain, frisk, handcuff and use dogs against black people in circumstances in which they do not do the same to white people" @LawProfButler testifies before @HouseJudiciary. (4/10)
"When armed agents of the state are harming American citizens in our name, we the people must ask why," @LawProfButler says at @HouseJudiciary hearing on #JusticeInPolicing. (5/10)
"According the National Academy of Science, 1 in 1000 African American men and boys will be killed by the police," @LawProfButler testifies before @HouseJudiciary (6/10)
"Understanding the history and reality of racism in the United States will make our men and women in blue more effective officers," @LawProfButler at @HouseJudiciary hearing. (7/10)
"In the end, this hearing is about the legitimacy and sustainability of our democracy. 'No justice, no peace' is not a threat. It is simply a description of how the world works," @LawProfButler tells @HouseJudiciary. (8/10)
"The multi-racial, multi-generational demonstrations that have risen up all over the U.S. reflect the wonderful diversity of our great nation, and the potential of ordinary citizens to make our country live up to its highest ideals.," @LawProfButler to @HouseJudiciary. (9/10)
Read @LawProfButler's official testimony for @HouseJudiciary hearing on the #JusticeInPolicingAct here:

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