California prosecutors dropped lynching charges today against 20-year-old Black Lives Matter activist Maile Mae Hampton, the Guardian reports. In January, Hampton was accused of interfering with the arrest of another activist.
According to the Guardian, California’s 1933 lynching law was intended to prevent mobs from removing people from police custody. However: “The statute has long been used against protesters as well and refers to any ‘riotous conduct aimed at freeing a person’ from police, according to court documents. It carries the possibility of four years in jail.”
While they dropped the lynching charge—a felony—prosecutors in Sacramento presented an amended complaint against Hampton: a misdemeanor charge of “interference with a peace officer in the performance of his/her duties.”