Shipped With Perfection

EMMITT TILL LAW PASSED

The Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act has been signed into law and will allow the Justice Department to investigate and prosecute Civil Rights-era crimes.

The bill is named after Emmett Till, a black teenager who was mutilated and murdered for allegedly whistling at a white woman in Mississippi in 1955. The case remains unsolved and his death helped propel the modern Civil Rights Movement. The unprecedented bill authorizes the attorney general to spend $10 million annually over 10 years to investigate and prosecute cold cases from the Civil Rights-era.

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