The Sacramento District Attorney has decided to drop the felony lynching charge against Maile Hampton. However, the DA is still pressing the misdemeanor resisting arrest charge. Again, the diverse community of Sacramento came out to show their support for the ANSWER Coalition member, as well as their opposition to the continued targeting of Black activists opposed to police brutality in Sacramento and elsewhere.
This was a victory made possible in large part by the people. Community support was important in showing the DA that to charge a Black woman with lynching is flat out absurd. It took the efforts of the community to make sure that Maile did not lose four years of her life to a corrupt criminal justice system. This is the same system that fires tear gas and rubber bullets at those seeking answers to police murders.
A new date was set for June 19 at 8:30 a.m. RSVP on Facebook here.
The struggle for justice and liberation continues. Maile still faces an unjust misdemeanor charge and could spend up to a year in jail in addition to being put on probation and being given a large fine. This is ridiculous. The DA should DROP THE CHARGE NOW. Activists should not be targeted and free speech should not be limited because it is a threat to the structures and institutions of white supremacy.
To help you can:
Click here to sign the petition to the DA demanding they drop the remaining charge
Show up at the next court date on June 19 at 8:30 a.m., 720 Ninth St., Sacramento
Spread the word any way you can whether in person or by sharing this article on social media.