Justice Dept. Reopens Emmett Till Murder Case

FILE - This undated photo shows Emmett Louis Till, a black 14-year-old Chicago boy, who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered in 1955 after he allegedly whistled at a white woman in Mississippi. Photos of his tortured body propelled the civil rights effort and is the subject of an NBC documentary ""Hope & Fury," premiering Saturday. (AP Photo, File)

The federal government has reopened the murder case of Emmett Till.  If you’re unfamiliar with Emmet Till, he was a black teen who was murdered in Mississippi in 1955.  The Justice Department has reopened the case due to “new information”.  Emmett Till was 14 years old when Carolyn Donham, a 21-year-old, said Emmett grabbed and whistled at her.  Three days later he was found in the Tallahatchie River.  His mother, Mamie Till Mobley, requested her son’s casket be left open for the funeral so the public could see how badly he had been beaten.  The case was closed in 2007 with authorities saying the suspects were dead and the grand jury didn’t file any new charges.



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