Maile Hampton, 20-year-old black activist in Sacramento, arrested for 'lynching'

At tonight’s City Council meeting, dozens spoke in solidarity with a young female Sacramento activist named Maile Hampton.

According to one of the speakers who spoke with SN&R via text, Hampton was arrested last night when law enforcement came to her home and delivered an arrest warrant for obstruction of justice and “lynching.” She is currently being held at the downtown jail on $100,000 bail, according to the speaker.

The charges date back to a January protest in which Hampton allegedly tried to remove an individual from police custody.

When rioters attempt to take someone out of police custody, this is called “lynching,” according to California state law.

After nearly two-dozen commenters spoke tonight and held up “Free Maile!” signs, Mayor Kevin Johnson took a few moments to sympathize with them. He said that he knew Hampton and that she was “doing good” in the community. He also said that the speakers voices were heard.

Free Maile Hampton has a Facebook page.

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