Justice Department Reopens Emmett Till Murder Case Citing 'New Information'

63 years later, the Justice Department has announced they have reopened the Emmett Till murder case.

The news comes almost two years after forever my POTUS Barack Obama signed the Emmett Till Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act of 2016 to reopen unsolved Civil Rights crime cases.

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Via USA Today:

The federal government has reopened the murder case of Emmett Till, a black teen whose gruesome murder in Mississippi in 1955 after being accused of grabbing a white woman shocked the nation and helped prompt the civil rights movement.

The woman’s then-husband and another man were charged with murder but acquitted later that year.

The Justice Department said in a statement Thursday that it was reopening the investigation “after receiving new information” it did not detail. The investigation revealed to Congress as a one-word notation on a chart in a February report, was first reported by the Associated Press.

“Because it is an active investigation, the department cannot provide any additional information at this time,” the department said Thursday.

Till was 14 years old when Carolyn Donham, a 21-year-old shopkeeper in the town of Money, said the youth grabbed and whistled at her. Three days later, the battered body of Till, nicknamed “Bobo,” was found in the Tallahatchie River.

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Carolyn, who is now 85, admitted she lied about her encounter with Emmett that ultimately led to his horrific murder.

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While I appreciate the SUPER late effort to get justice in this case – those responsible for Emmett’s death have lived their lives and are dead now.

Ava DuVernay took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the reopening of the case.



If anything, I hope the family will finally get closure.