Gov. Brown approves removing 'lynching' from California law

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Posted: Jul 02, 2015 7:41 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that removes the word "lynching" from California law.

The Democratic governor announced he signed the bill by Sen. Holly Mitchell, a Los Angeles Democrat, on Thursday.

Mitchell took up the issue after a black activist was charged earlier this year under a 1933 section of the California penal code that applies the word "lynching" to the crime of attempting to seize someone from police custody.

California lawmakers voted unanimously to strike the word "lynching" from the books last month, noting its racially charged nature.

In Sacramento, a district attorney has since downgraded the charges against 20-year-old Maile (MAI'-lee) Hampton to something more conventional.

A Black Lives Matter protester in Los Angeles was charged with felony lynching last week in a separate incident.


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