20-year old Maile Hampton of Sacramento, California is an activist who was charged with ‘lynching’ after participating in Black Lives Matter protest after she tried to pull a protestor away from a police officer during a rally

The charges came under an old California law that states, “The taking by means of a riot of any person from the lawful custody of any peace officer is a lynching,” and, “Every person who participates in any lynching is punishable by imprisonment . . . for two, three or four years.”

California has now dropped the lynching charges against Hampton, the Guardian reports

“I am very surprised that Sacramento chose to do the right thing, but happily surprised,” Hampton said after her hearing. “That could have straight-up ruined my life.”

Prosecutors did issue another complaint against Hampton of a misdemeanor offense of  “interference with a peace officer in the performance of his/her duties.”

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