A bill to strike a controversial reference to lynching from California's criminal code was signed into law by Gov.
Since 1933, California law characterized the act of taking a person from lawful police custody as "lynching." But, as Sen.
Lynchings are particularly associated with the killings of black people in the Jim Crow-era South.
"The term 'lynching' carries with it cultural significance and its current usage in California code is contrary to what the vast majority of people understand the term of lynching to entail," Mitchell said on the Senate floor in May.
The Associated Press reported that a Sacramento activist was charged with felony lynching after she allegedly tried to incite another person to resist arrest during a Black Lives Matter protest earlier this year.
The charge was later reduced, but the arrest caught the attention of Sacramento Mayor
The bill, SB 629, does not alter the penalties for the action, Mitchell said, but simply "removes the inflammatory and misused term from our penal code."