The family of Emmett Till is demanding the arrest of his accuser Carolyn Bryant after recovering her 1955 warrant.
Bryant was 21 years old when she accused 14-year-old Emmett of making obscene comments and improper advances toward her while she was working the register of her family’s store in Money, Mississippi in August 1955.
After telling her husband, Roy Bryant, about the alleged incident, he and his half-brother John William Milam kidnapped Emmett from his great uncle’s house.
They beat Emmett Till, shot him, and tossed his body in the Tallahatchie River.
Bryant and Milam were not convicted for Emmett’s murder, but the men sold their story of how they murdered Emmett for $4,000 to Look magazine in January 1956.
According to testimony, a woman, believed to be Carolyn Bryant, identified Emmett to his killers, which prompted the warrant for her arrest.
The arrest warrant was reported in the newspaper, but Carolyn was never served because the Leflore County sheriff told reporters he didn’t want to “bother” the woman because she was a mother of two young children.
Relatives and members of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation recovered the 1955 warrant for Carolyn’s arrest last week while searching a Mississippi courthouse basement for evidence in the case.
70 years later, they are demanding that police serve the warrant and arrest Carolyn Bryant, who is now in her 80s and living in North Carolina.
A law professor at the University of Mississippi said unserved warrants can have a time limit on them if no new evidence is presented.
But, the Till family feels the warrant itself is the new evidence.
Sadly, to this very day, the family still has not received any justice for Emmett’s murder.
On Tuesday, March 29, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act of 2022 into law making lynching a federal hate crime.
Carolyn Bryant deserves to be served with that warrant and arrested for what she did.
Source: NY Post