Sen. Holly J. Mitchell questions Jasmine Richards conviction on old “lynch” law

June 07, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Charles Stewart
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STATEMENT

Sen. Holly J. Mitchell questions Jasmine Richards conviction on old “lynch” law

On July 1 of last year, Governor Brown signed SB 629, a bill that I introduced  to delete the law’s use of the term ‘lynching’ to define the crime of unlawfully removing someone from police custody.

“Even though that law came into effect on January 1, the term ‘lynching’ continues to be used. 

“Lynching has such a painful history for African Americans that the word should only be used for what everyone knows it to be, ‘murder by mob,’ and not – especially given recent events nationwide – for an attempt to free someone from police custody, even if that attempt is improper.

“It is difficult, when viewing the video of Jasmine Richards’ encounter with the police, to follow the reasoning behind a felony conviction.  Sadly, this case is likely to contribute to the notion that justice is selectively enforced.

“It is my hope that Jasmine Richards’ sentencing is handled fairly and with a lenience that signals a less brutal style of law enforcement and less divisive rhetoric.”

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