Emmett Till inquiry continues; 6 other ‘cold cases’ closed

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The federal government is still investigating the brutal slaying of black teenager Emmett Till, whose death in 1955 helped spur the civil rights movement.

A Justice Department report issued to Congress about civil rights cold case investigations lists Till’s killing as being among the unit’s active cases. The inquiry was reopened two years after a book indicated a key witness had lied. Till was killed hours after he whistled at a white woman. An all-white jury in Mississippi acquitted two white men of murder charges.

Relatives of Till say they’re encouraged that the case remains open but they’re anxious for a resolution.

The department has closed its review of six other slayings dating from 1940 through 1973 without filing any charges.

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