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Justice Dept. reopens Emmett Till murder case that helped inspire civil rights movement

Published: July 12, 2018
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Source: 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.

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