Joshua Eaton

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The Wide Racial Disparity in Marijuana Arrests

In one incident, an officer smelled marijuana after he stopped a car for running a stop sign. When he searcher the car, the officer found “a small bag of a green leafy substance” and arrested the drive for possession.

In another, two officers patrolling in an unmarked car noticed another car “attempting to avoid law enforcement.” After frisking the driver and chasing down a passenger who fled, the officers found a glass jar of marijuana on the passenger seat and a digital scale in the driver’s-side door pocket. The two men were arrested for possession with intent to distribute—a felony that carries a mandatory minimum of one year under Georgia law.

This is just a small window into over 1,400 arrests on marijuana charges by the Athens-Clarke County police detailed in documents obtained by Flagpole. An analysis of this data found a large racial divide in how Athens-Clarke County enforces state marijuana laws. African Americans are nearly five times more likely to be arrested on a marijuana charge, this investigation found. That gap was even larger for one of the most serious possession charges. The overall disparity has persisted for decades.

Read the rest of this article at Flagpole Magazine …

Actually, Harriet Tubman Is Only Kinda Replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 Bill

The U.S. Treasury won’t be throwing away Harriet Tubman’s shot at being on our money after all.

On Wednesday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that Alexander Hamilton will stay on the front of the $10 bill, while the back will feature prominent figures who campaigned to give women the right to vote. Meanwhile, President Andrew Jackson will leave the front of the $20 bill in favor of abolitionist Harriet Tubman, according to Politico. Jackson’s image will remain on the back of the bill, though. And the $5 note is getting a change, too: Martin Luther King, Jr., Marian Anderson, and Eleanor Roosevelt will be featured on the back.

Read the rest of this article at Teen Vogue …

Rep. Katherine Clark’s Crusade Against the Internet’s Tormentors

It was a late Sunday night in February and Katherine Clark’s two teenage boys had turned in for the night. Clark and her husband, Rodney Dowell, were looking forward to relaxing. They’d just settled into an episode of “Veep” – one of their favorites – when Ms. Clark, a Democratic congresswoman from Massachusetts, noticed flashing blue-and-red lights outside her suburban Boston home. They hadn’t heard any sirens. Maybe a home alarm went off by mistake, they thought, or a neighbor was having a medical emergency?

Clark hurriedly stepped outside to investigate. That’s when her curiosity turned to panic. As she squinted through the floodlights, Clark saw police cruisers blocking off her street and an officer with a long gun drawn.

“Has there been some terrible incident in a neighbor’s house, or is someone on the loose?” Clark remembered thinking. Then two officers walked up to her calmly. Just minutes earlier, they told her, a caller phoned police and reported an active shooter was inside Clark’s home. Was everything OK, they asked.

Read the rest of this article at the Christian Science Monitor …

Why the World’s Deadliest Terrorist Group Is Training Girls to Be Suicide Bombers

A disturbing report in The New York Times details how the terrorist group Boko Haram, which is active in West Africa, trains women and girls as suicide bombers.

Boko Haram has used at least 101 women and girls as suicide bombers since June 2014, according to data compiled by The Long War Journal. The group has abducted some 2,000 women and children since 2012, and The Times reports that its female captives are ideal suicide bombers because they’re less likely to face scrutiny and suspicion. Girls are also able to easily hide heavy machinery or deadly material in their dresses or baskets. The idea of using females as suicide bombers is not a new one — The Times reports that women have been utilized as deadly weapons in other conflicts too, such as in Chechnya and Sri Lanka.

Read the rest of this article at Teen Vogue …

How New Encryption Standard Could Leave Poor Web Users Exposed

Even as fluid as the digital world can sometimes seem, change is never easy online.

As leading tech companies have attempted to push for websites to adopt stronger encryption standards, which can safeguard critical data as it moves around the Internet, some older browsers and computers are not able to support many of the updated protocols needed to enhance digital security.

That’s especially the case in the developing world, where many people still rely on older devices and Web browsers to get online and where government surveillance is often the most pervasive.

Read the rest of this article at the Christian Science Monitor …

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