Latest from Paul Butler
  • Opinion

The most important trial of police officers for killing a Black man has not yet happened

The trial of three officers accused of helping Derek Chauvin kill George Floyd will help determine whether the system is really capable of change.
  • Apr 29, 2021
  • Opinion

The car as a symbol of freedom? Not if you’re Black.

When it comes to Black drivers and traffic stops, anti-Blackness is embedded in official practices authorized by the Supreme Court and embraced by law enforcement policies.
  • Apr 19, 2021
  • Opinion

How toxic masculinity helped kill George Floyd

Cop machismo is an important way of understanding police violence against people of color.
  • Apr 12, 2021
  • Opinion

When to ignore race in the Derek Chauvin trial

Focusing on his excessive force against George Floyd is the prosecution’s best hope for achieving justice.
  • Apr 4, 2021
  • Opinion

This new ruling could let the suspect in George Floyd’s killing go free

Letting jurors see evidence of George Floyd's previous arrest is a mistake that could lead to Derek Chauvin's acquittal.
  • Mar 26, 2021
  • Opinion

The jury for the trial in George Floyd’s killing must have Black members

The life experiences of African Americans — including their dealings with the police — are as valid as those of any other group.
  • Mar 7, 2021
  • Opinion

Why Republican senators can — and should — vote to convict Trump

Republican senators who voted that the impeachment trial should be dismissed still have the power — and the duty — to decide Trump's guilt.
  • Feb 11, 2021
  • Opinion

Seven shots. Point-blank range. No charges.

The message from not prosecuting the officer who shot Jacob Blake is that Black lives don't matter.
  • Jan 7, 2021
  • Opinion

Celebrate Barr’s last day by remembering two other Trump officials who sold out their country

They accommodated all but the president's worst whims when they should've just quit.
  • Dec 23, 2020
  • Opinion

Obama’s ‘defund the police’ comments showcase a radical cynicism

The former president should set aside schooling activists on their rhetoric and instead devote his formidable political skills to the urgency of achieving their goals.
  • Dec 6, 2020